Graduation Speech: Lift Up Your Eyes

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Here, in this day’s waning light, we are gathered to commemorate the graduation of County High School’s Class of 2012; and as this evening’s setting sun descends beyond our horizon, the sun is, moreover, setting on our tenure as students at County High School. Just as day gives way to night, high school must give way to a new phase of life, one that introduces an abundance of responsibilities and brings with it enormous possibilities. Alexander Graham Bell once stated, "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the ones which open for us." In this momentous transition from high school to college, vocational training, employment and the armed forces, dwell not on the life being left behind but look instead to future residences, friendships and accomplishments. Memories are everlasting. In these final hours, paint the pictures in your mind of everything and everyone you wish never to forget. Encapsulated in the brain, the happiest moments of your life and the faces of loved ones exist in eternal illumination unaffected by this day’s dimming light. So when this sun finally falls below the horizon, look not to the darkness left in its absence. Turn your back on the void, empty sky and look to the East, for it promises a new day. In the steadfast vigil for tomorrow’s rising sun, acknowledge the hopes and dreams you harbor deep within. In the light of the new day dawning, find the strength and courage to pursue your own destiny. As Albert Einstein said, "Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts." Approach tomorrow with bravery. Allow your goals to guide you. Shield yourself with unwavering determination and fight to achieve your each and every dream.

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