Good Afternoon Graduating class of 2019, Honored Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
A graduation ceremony is always such a special occasion the culmination of years of hard work; the actualization of goals attained and the acknowledgement of successes achieved. So, it is only fitting that today we commemorate the road that we have all traveled together these last few years.
It has been a journey that started with tentative steps perhaps, but one that has taken us to remarkable heights. We have encountered some trials and tribulations along the way…soldiered on and come out the stronger for them. We have experienced exceptional moments, magical moments and created memories that will be fondly remembered in the years ahead.
As we look back over the last few years, certainly there was a beginning, and thankfully there was also progress and yes undeniably we have been successful.
Steadfast, resolute and determined we all kept together. Day-by-day we focused on our goals and core values. We faced some incredible and memorable moments moments that we chose to use as stepping stone as we tenaciously pursued our common goals.
The end result Ladies and Gentlemen of our coming together, keeping together and working together, in spite of the obstacles that we may have faced along the way… that end result is the Graduating Class of 2019. How proud we are of the success that they have made with the opportunities that they were offered. Congratulations, we are inordinately proud of you all!
You are ready, willing and more than able to grasp the torch that we bestow upon you-yours is the future and on you the world will come to depend.
May your years ahead continue to be characterized by empathy, compassion, objectivity and a willingness to ta ke risks.
May you always lead by example and work hard and as you go, my Graduands, it is only pertinent that we remind you to be good ambassadors of ABEC wherever you find yourself after now, Don’t forget your starting point, as you go to the wider world.
We wish you everything that you so richly deserve in the years ahead it has been an honor and a privilege watching your progress and success. Thank you.