It’s that time of year again when high school seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas — a passport really for their long-awaited journey into their future.
For every graduating senior, there is a glimmer of hope in their eye and in their heart that they will make a difference in this world, that they will become someone special. Little do they know that they’ve already achieved a level of greatness by achieving a goal they’ve worked so hard and so long to accomplish.
From this day forward, their lives are theirs to do with as they see fit. They are the masters of their destinies and knowing that they can succeed, we have the utmost confidence that they will, in whatever form they choose, become great citizens, great leaders and great role models.
Some have chosen to extend their academic careers by enrolling in college. Others will serve our country with honor by enlisting in the armed forces, while some will start their lives by entering into the workforce. Whatever path you choose, remember that from this day forward, your life is in your young but capable hands.
Graduating high school is the first of many accomplishments that will come your way. You will soon realize that your years in elementary school, middle school and, finally, high school were just the beginning of your life.
As you look toward your future, remember those in your past who gave you the tools to help you find your way, who helped to guide your spirit, your mind and your sense of adventure. They are your parents, your teachers, your friends. Remember their words and their advice. Cherish their concern and their love.
And for those of you who are still not sure what you want from the future, we challenge you to search for your passion; find what you’re good at, what you want your life to be and what you want your life to mean.
If we can leave you with one piece of advice, it’s this: Graduating high school and becoming an adult isn’t about knowing all of the answers, but rather knowing how to ask the right questions.
Congratulations seniors! Now go out there and make a difference!