Thursday, May 27, 2010
Miss Jessica Lankford, magna cum laude
Mr. Superintendent, Mr. Principal, esteemed faculty, family, and friends. On behalf of the graduating class of 2010, I thank you for coming and welcome you to our commencement ceremony.
In Roman 8:28, Paul says: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Seeing the four of us on this stage, about to take our next steps in pursuing that purpose, is living proof. I believe that many of the "things" that Paul refers to are actually people, many of whom are seated in the audience. Our family, our friends, and our teachers, have certainly been a main element in bringing us this far, along with those who helped us get here, but couldn't be here with us. Having lead us and supported us, those are the people we are so grateful for; the people God has used to bring us through.
For eighteen years, our family has been our care, our support, our encouragement, and who we know we can always count on. Once we were a little older, play dates, sleepovers, and a parent's worry came into play as our social lives grew like forest fires. At Island Christian we have been blessed with genuine and concerned teachers.Not in many schools can a teacher also be a friend.
All these different people in our lives have been perfectly placed by God. They have all come together as many parts of one body, to make us and shape us into the grateful graduates you see before you.
Graduation Farewell Speech
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Jennifer Subic, summa cum laude
So far this evening we have looked back over the many past memories of our school years, remembering the good times and the bad, talking about the fun times, and so on. Now I would like to bring your focus to the present, and present you with a challenge. The time you have spent in prayer for us has gotten us onto this stage tonight. I challenge you to continue those prayers throughout our college years and beyond.
At each new point in our lives, we say hello to the new things that life offers and goodbye to the old things. As we inch closer to the moment in which we receive our diplomas, high school becomes one of those old things, and college becomes the newest thing in sight. We say goodbye to some people we see everyday, but in return, we are given opportunities to meet new people and experience new things. Farewells, regardless of how sad, can be great things, as we are given these new and exciting opportunities for our futures.
We stand before you tonight as quite a unique class. With only four of us, we have had the ability to grow closer than any of us thought possible. We've literally become like family to each other. Because of this, I'm pretty sure I speak for my whole class when I bid you farewell with a ton of excitement for what the future holds.