“There’s a big world out there. Bigger than prom, bigger than high school, and it won’t matter if you were the prom queen or the quarterback of the football team or the biggest nerd. Find out who you are and try not to be afraid of it. Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues.”
- Author Unknown
This is an open letter to each high school graduate. As you begin a new chapter in your life, let us remind you of what you have just accomplished and what your are about to do.
Your great grandparents, grandparents, and parents did not necessarily have the same opportunity which is given to you. At the time of your age, most either didn’t finish high school because they either went to work in the mills which dominated our area at the time or went to the fields to pick cotton. Graduating from high school was not always an option. It is no wonder that these members of your family are overjoyed at your finishing high school.
Some of you will go on to a community college, some to a four year college, others to the military in service to our country. There are those that will choose a trade school and there are those who will choose to marry and begin a new life in partnership. For those who quit school and did not finish, we can only urge you to go back or get your GED. After all, the foundation has been laid on which to build your future. Your great grandparents, grandparents and parents did not have the choices you have. It was a different time and a different place.
As you get in your truck or car remember what the side view mirrors states: Objects may be closer than you think! Your opportunities and objectives are now “closer than you think.” The world is yours to accomplish anything you want, only if you dedicate yourself to a personal goal. The word graduation stands for the conferring of an academic degree. You did it and will look back upon your accomplishment time and time again. It will be a reflection of a new beginning watched by your loved ones.
So, to each of you, future doctors, teachers, managers, linemen, nurses, politicians, law enforcement officers, mothers and dads, or whatever you may choose, we wish you the absolute best.
May you dedicate yourself to the pursuit of your dreams and may they all come true. Receive you diploma, turn your tassel, and walk with pride!
If has been said over and over again, but may we say it one more time - “the future is yours!” May we be added to the chorus of family and friends who say “Congratulations!”
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart”