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A Tribute to the Graduates

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Every beginning has an end. Likewise, every end marks a new beginning.

A victorious cry after years of investing money, time and efforts. Photo Credits: hotgiftideastips.com

This day signifies that your journey as students has finally come into conclusion. You may be rejoicing inside because finally, you will be getting rid of a lot of boring stuffs in your life for the past few months. But if you think graduating from school is a cool stuff, you may be right, and you may be wrong. Right because you get to have the liberty to spread your wings and go out from the protective box that your parents made for you. Wrong because this liberty comes with a great deal of responsibility. They come together, inseparable, unbreakable. You can’t get the other one without having to practice the other one. Package deal.

Your being a child ends the moment you step out from the shadows of being just a student who only worries about the upcoming examinations, the deadline of your research paper and the pimple growing so big at the tip of your nose. The moment you wore your academic gown, you take on the challenge of being in-charge of your life—of your future. Your mom and dad won’t be around all the time to guide you on which path you should take and which path should you avoid. You decide on the career that you will pursue—a career that you see yourself doing in the next 30 years or so. You may feel confused and lost along the way, but your Alma Mater hammered you to be prepared in any obstacle that you will encounter in your pursuit. If deciding is too much to take, your heart will tell you what you want and your mind will dictate to you what you need. All you need to do is listen.

Use your strengths to uncover which field you will succeed. But utilize your weaknesses to remind you that there should always be room for improvement. Take on the world with your abilities and let your shortcomings push you to acquire more knowledge. Use every situation, good or bad, to your advantage.

You will be saying goodbye to the things that had been constant in your life for the past four years because your stay ends here. The old buildings that sheltered you when the rain pours heavily outside, the books that had been your constant companion during boring classes, the benches that had been the silent witnesses every time you cram for your next class, the canteen, the library, even the trees. All of these seemed unimportant for the last few years yet they had been an essential part of your household. Your stay ends but your journey to conquer the world begins. You will only not have the four corners of the classroom as the venue to showcase your talents. You have the whole planet as your stage waiting for the day that you will find the courage to step out and show them what you’ve got.

The hardest ending a graduating student like you should face is being separated from the familiar faces who made your school life both heaven and hell. The teachers who believed in your capacity to make a difference if only you put your heart to what are you doing and who continue to impart their knowledge no matter what. Your class advisers who had been patient with you and your hang-ups from being a teenager to being a young adult. The bullies in your life who made it clear that they only exist to make your life miserable. And of course, the group of friends who had been with you through thick and thin. You will miss them and will treasure them forever. However, our life is a big venue that we can still accommodate more people than we can imagine. Along the way, you will begin to meet more people and out of them you will find few or more friends. Be wise enough to choose carefully. Accept those who are sincere and stay away from those who are not. You won’t be needing a lot of them really.

Your school life may end here, and no one can tell what the future holds. You may be the next president of this country or just a plain and simple employee. Just the same, never forget the people who entered your life and made quite an impact. Do not forget to give credit where credit is due and once in awhile look back to where you came from because it is only with looking back that you can reach your destination.

If truth be told, graduation is one of the most celebrated events in a person’s life. I see it as something close to planting. You make sure the soil is healthy, you choose the right seed to plant, you water it and you have to wait patiently for the seeds to grow. Graduation is the time when one has to reap the fruits of his hard labor and wise investments, to enjoy the results of sleepless nights and good decisions. To sum it all, it is the time to enjoy. But when all of the party hats are taken off, the bottomless supply of beverage finally stops and the euphoria of the moment already gone, you would need to muster all your strength to stand up and plant again.

To the teachers, the parents and the most especially to the graduates, this is your time to celebrate. Reap the results of what you had been planting for the past few years. What you began ends here and tomorrow, with God’s grace, you will have to begin again.

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Writer’s Note: This is made as a speech for graduation…:)

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