Graduation Speech 2006
Success is something that everyone wants, but no one knows exactly what it is. Some
believe it to be how many friends they have, how nice their car is or even being able to stay
awake through graduation. I believe it is something different. I believe that success is
determined by what a person does with the gifts and opportunities with which they were
blessed. Our times at AMS have given us both those gifts and the opportunity.
We have been fortunate enough to have several wonderful influences that shape us into
the people we are today. First of all, we should show our undying gratitude to our parents .
They tolerated everything that we were able to put them through and they are here about to
cry because we are graduating!
Also, we need to thank the teachers. They have influenced us more than we can ever
know .Every day, several of them go to their jobs with enthusiasm to teach loud, obnoxious
and thankless students just to end up inspiring them.
And who can forget the friendships we’ve made along the way? Some will last a lifetime ,
and some will last no longer than tomorrow , but either way , it’s okay because we will forever
be impacted by it .As a class , we’ve laughed together , cried together , skipped classes,
failed tests, aced tests we forgot we were taking and now, we’re graduating together .Whatever
the event , we did it as a whole .
Class of 2006, as you move on in life and accomplish your goals, I challenge you to
help others do the same. Making a difference in someone’s life doesn’t always require
money, manual labor or even a huge effort. In the words of Jonathan swift,“ you can’t change
the direction of the wind but you can adjust the sail.” I believe that we can all adjust the sails
of someone else by doing as little as giving them a compliment or lending them a hand when
they have fallen .
We must learn from our mistakes and apply what we’ve learned. There are an infinite
amount of opportunities in life, and our lives have just begun. We’ve had some great times at
AMS, but let’s not let them be the best times of our lives.
Congratulations, good luck and thank you.