Within the Class of 2021, several students are worthy of a special mention. They comprise the elite group that have been at our school since kindergarten.
Robert Fulghum once said, “All I really needed to know about how to live, what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not on top of the graduate school mountain, but it was found there in the sand pile at school.”
14 years ago, parents, guardians and their children packed a favorite lunch box, a few snacks, and, in some cases, a small toy or book that left a comforting feeling of familiarity. The sweaty little hands gripped their companions’ hands as they tugged open the doors of the school building that would later become their second home. Mothers, fathers, and guardians left with everyone else, but they tiptoed back a moment later and lurked briefly in the doorway, unaware of the friendships and memories that would be forged within the school walls and shape the lives of the children forever. As for the anxious yet eager kindergarteners who now stand tall and fine before us, little did they know that their years at the school would make a lasting impression on them… that their experiences would later provide them the most powerful foundation, not only academically but also personally and socially.
Tonight, they choose where they go from here and how to get there. They take with them all that they have learned throughout their journey. These experiences and memories will help shape the people they choose to become. We hope that they always remember the simple but most profound lessons learned from the first day they walked into school. The lessons learned as three-year-olds will be the ones that will remain forever etched in their minds:
Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Live a balanced life-learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Class of 2021, tonight, you will be walking across the stage and handed your diplomas at an event that has been 13 or more years in the making. Your life lies before you. You are the masters of your own destiny. We wish you all the best of luck and may you all venture forth on an inspiring journey of growth and success.