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South High Graduation Speech



So—this is it, isn’t it?


Well what if I told you that it wasn’t? What if I told you that this is not nearly the end for us? Yes, we’ve all leaped over hurdles and trudged on through our last steps to this final glorious moment, but this is not any of our final glories. So where does this leave us now?

Well, we’ve all taken those first frightful steps into a new environment, trying to seek out what middle school science taught us is our “niche;” we’ve all awed over some new fancy calculator (before realizing it actually wasn’t the magic key to cheating on our tests); many of us have frolicked on the hill to warm up for an Improv class; we’ve all had 11 years of praying for snow days, and this one awkward year of praying for none, and hoped that some club we were in was going on a trip to get us out a few days; we’ve all faced many challenges and through the ups and downs of high sch … wait, no, excuse me I’m sorry, did I learn nothing in English class? Through the vicissitudes of high school, and now where does this all leave as we stand here, waiting to snatch our diplomas, run off, and celebrate?


We’re ready. Ready for what, you may ask? We’re ready to leap from our starting spot and dash off on the rest of our perpetual marathon. Now I know what you’re thinking! “Hold on, this guy goes on about some cliché metaphor about us running some race through school and he’s telling us there’s  more—who does he think he is?” Well hear me out. We shouldn’t think of this stage in our life as the end to everything we know of—it is the beginning of our real lives. Don’t think of this “new cliché race” as a strenuous lifelong pacer test—we are not simply ready to leap from the start; we are confidently waiting for the race to begin, having been prepared for what is to come. I know it seemed like we must have been aiming for something grand as we crossed the finish line, but we weren’t, and we shouldn’t have been. The obstacles and challenges we overcame were just part of our training. After all of that running … and studying and panicking and not-sleeping, we’ve reached the beginning of our lives; after all that training, we are prepared to do great things for the rest of our lives.