“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.”—J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I really don’t realize how much my family does for me. While at times I may be bitter about the dysfunctional moments we have, we’re still family in the end. Thanks for putting up with my adolescent ways.
BTDUBS this is the best computer ever made. Once you go Mac you never go back.
Jei: Her name’s Jennifer and she’s 22. She’s always been super responsible/fun and I’ll never stop looking up to her. She’s gonna be doing big things soon.. but I think working on a movie with Billy Bob Thornton is a pretty big accomplishment already.. and of course she won’t admit it.
Guh: His name’s Max and he’s 21. I never really understood his ways until I got a little older, but he’s just a free man doing what ever he wants and there’s no stopping him. I’ll always admire him for it.
Before I start my speech I’d like to take a picture of the class, so when I count to three, just smile.
-step to the side and take a picture-
Photography is an instrument of memory, capturing moments in its exact state, even while our minds aren’t able to retain specific moments to its perfection and that’s why I’m up here to take two pictures of you, the class of 2011. One is with our tassels to the right, signifying thirteen years of grade school, thirteen years of changes that we can only look back on today in our oversized purple gowns and widow-peaked caps. It’s the moment when we are all uniformed , but carrying different daily routines, different struggles, different memories, but we’re all here gathered reaching this feat together, all facing forward towards tomorrow.
The second picture is the tassel to the left, and as most people would see these two pictures side by side and think they’re exactly the same, only we can recognize the significance. The seemingly identical second picture represents the transition into the rest of our lives. We’re changing environments in our same state, carrying all we have to offer safely strapped with us, along with the potential we’ve been accumulating for the past four years. So today, we’re the same but different, and these two pictures will capture how nothing’s changed but our paths. Now please join me as we switch our tassels from right to left and gather round for our last class picture. Congratulations to everyone, thank you.