Tonight, my younger brother will walk across a stage, shake someone’s hand, and get a piece of paper that reminds me that he is not so little anymore. He is graduating high school. And, there are some things that I feel he needs to know.
Seniors, this one is for you.
Today is the day that you have worked so hard for. As it stands today, over twelve years of school have come to an end. You are probably excited for the next chapter. And, honestly, you have every right to be. But before you celebrate, let me tell you a few things.
First and foremost, I want you to know that I hope you succeed wherever you go. Whatever your job, no matter how small, I hope that you take it and give it your all. I hope that you love each new thing that you do. Remember, there will always be people looking up to you. So, treat each one with respect and kindness. Be a light in someone else’s darkness.
Next, I want you to remember that you are important. Always know that you are worth it. Chase your dreams. Make big plans. Do not be afraid to take a stand. Be strong and be courageous. Believe in yourself. You’ll go far. Whatever you do, reach for the stars.
Next, I want to tell you that you are smart. You have been taught many things, now go out and learn a few more. You are never defined by a test score. Grades are grades and that is it. Don’t let a number define your intelligence.
I want to end this by saying that you are loved.
No matter what you do, or where you go, these are things that I want you to know. Congratulations, Class of 2019, I know that you’ll go and do GREAT things!