VALEDICTORIAN: ‘Wouldn’t want it any other way’
Editor’s note: Following is the valedictory address delivered during commencement exercises by Patrick David: G ood evening. I would like to thank all the family, friends, administrators, and staff for coming to support all of us graduates at this very special occasion which marks a new milestone in our lives.
On a personal note I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made this day possible for me including all of my teachers, coaches, and parents.
I would like to give a special thanks to my mom. She has been very influential in my life and I don’t know where I would be without her.
I think I speak for everyone in my class when I say that I have been looking forward to this night for quite some time, but it also makes me nervous to think about how we have the rest of our lives ahead of us and everything is so unknown.
Graduation is not only the end of our high school career, but also the beginning of the rest of our adult lives.
Over the past 12 years we have experienced some hardships, but more importantly we have had some of the best times of our lives.
I will never forget the feeling of coming into the high school freshman year and being scared to death, hanging out with my friends in class, or the feeling of being under the lights on Friday nights as we beat the bell out of Cameron.
I never believed people when they said that your years in high school are the best ones. I always thought to myself “how can being stuck in boring old Rockdale be so good when there are so many other things out there?” But growing up in this town, with all of the wonderful people, has made me into the person that I am today, and I wouldn’t want it to be any other way.
We are here tonight to celebrate the accomplishments of every member of the class of 2012.
It is the end of a very significant phase of our lives that has shaped us into the young men and women that we are today. These years have influenced our lives in many ways, some of which we may not even be aware of yet, but we will go on from here with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the world.
Orrin Hatch once said, “There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning”.
From here we will all go our separate ways to start our lives as Rockdale High School graduates. It will definitely not be an easy journey. We will be required to work very hard and to never quit learning, but we should always strive to be our best in every way possible and to follow our dreams.
As graduates we will all go on to experience new things, meet new people, and make new friends; however we will always be a part of the Rockdale High School class of 2012.
As we venture out into the world and part ways I would like to wish every one of my classmates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.