So many thoughts to assimilate and rejuvenate during grad speeches

In the course of our job, we hear lots of inspiring words of wisdom about a huge variety of topics.

In the course of our job, we hear lots of inspiring words of wisdom about a huge variety of topics.

It’s during those times that we are rejuvenated, when our mind is sparked and our thoughts tumble over ideas turning them into concepts that fit or expand our experiences.

Of course, listening carefully, or in our profession, scribbling furiously to capture the most illuminating ideas and then reviewing those pen scratches later to create a story, helps to crystallize what we heard.

In a long round-about way, that’s an explanation for what happens every time we attend a graduation ceremony — now numbering 10 for École H. J. Cody High School students, and many more in other communities.

Besides applauding the graduates who have their lives ahead of them and the “nearly limitless” potential to do anything, as guest speaker Sean McIntyre stated, we share their enthusiasm for continuing to learn and expand their horizons.

As several speakers stated, parents, teachers, school staffs and the community are all responsible for the success of our graduating class. As a community we express our thanks to those who have stood by, persevered, shown determination, provided enthusiasm or a shoulder to lean on, and helped these young people find the spark that leads to further exploration and understanding.

There were many, many words of advice and encouragement spoken during the commencement ceremonies so we’ll limit ours for graduates. We’d certainly echo what was said about how fast our world is moving and how much more access they have to information and technology.

Your potential has not yet been tapped. Opportunities abound. Pick yours and pursue your dreams.

Another theme that found itself in several speeches was that of citizenship and your responsibility to get involved and share some of your talents. We hope this idea resonates with many of you. We’ve certainly found from experience that there are many benefits from being actively involved.

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