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Graduation Speech

We stand here today on the precipice of the future. It's not a distant reality anymore. It begins here. It begins today.

 

We began primary school as children, but we're leaving here as young adults. We've completed an outstanding education that will serve as the platform we use to launch ourselves into our futures. We are ready to succeed, willing to persevere and able to take risks.

 

No matter where we go or what we do, there are challenges ahead of us. What I'm asking from each of you, and from myself, is to meet those challenges straight on with your head held high and your heart wide open. It's not enough to simply try to get by in life. That doesn't move the world forward. You must try to excel in everything you do; strive for excellence in every task, large or small.

 

Although it may not be easy to see, every accomplishment you achieve is added to the world's accomplishments. Your individual successes benefit society as a whole because when you succeed, you lighten the burden on your fellow man. When you succeed, you are in a position to give rather than take. The future is truly in our hands, so let's make the most of it.

 

We have worked immensely hard from nursery to Year 6 but we didn't do it by ourselves. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the following people. To our parents and carers, thank you for supporting us in more ways than it's possible to count. You dragged us out of bed each morning, made sure we were fed and clothed for school. You helped us with homework, celebrated our successes and listened to our complaints. You came to our school plays, attended sports day and supported fund raising events. You commiserated over our daily dramas, but you tried to give us enough space to learn how to work things out for ourselves. You have worked tirelessly to prepare us for the challenges in life and given us the strength that we require to pursue our dreams and to accomplish our goals. These are just a few of the thousands of ways you've supported us on our journey.

 

To our teachers, thank you for sharing your time, talent and knowledge with us. Yes, we know it was your job to do it, but what you did for us went beyond the call of duty. You took the time to explain concepts, sometimes repeatedly because we weren't paying attention. You put in the effort to make lessons more interesting so we wouldn't just tune out. You demanded excellence from us whether or not we wanted to give it. You set the bar high and challenged us to live up to it.

 

My fellow students, we only arrived here a few short years ago, and now it's already time to leave. Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday that we were tiny children playing in sandpits. Now we are in Year 6, the seniors who stand here ready to graduate and move forward in the world. Our rule is over, and it's up to the next class to step into our shoes and take over. I know that as I look out at all of you, I remember so many joyful moments that I shared with you. I have made many friends, some were pretty casual and others were forever, but I'll remember each one fondly, as I'm sure you all will, too.

 

Congratulations my fellow graduates of the class of 2020. Wherever we go and whatever we do, may we always be friends when we meet again.

 

Thank you for listening.

 

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