With the summer season comes a slew of celebrations—perhaps none more special than graduation. Whether graduating from high school or college, this momentous occasion will be one of the biggest accomplishments of your life. Not only does this time reflect a great achievement, but it also signifies great change. With that, to the graduates in my district, I wanted to offer my heartfelt congratulations and a bit of advice as you embark on a new voyage.


First and foremost, you must follow your heart and passion to have any success in the world, whether success to you means financial liberty, your own business, or very simply, happiness. Sometimes that might mean making difficult decisions, like moving across the country to attend a school that has the best program for your desired major or starting from the bottom at your dream employer. At the end of the day, learning about and working towards your passion will give you the greatest fulfillment.


These times can seem to fly by. For the high school graduates, it might seem like just yesterday you were walking into school as a young freshman, and for the college alumni, it seems impossible to already be job searching. In the whirlwind of these changes, I encourage you to slow down and enjoy the moment. When you’re older and reflect back on your life, it is these memories that you’ll remember, these memories that make up the fabric of your life. While working tirelessly and being ambitious is important, it is equally as significant to live in the moment.


Finally, remember to thank those who helped you along the journey to where you are now. Parents, siblings, grandparents, mentors, friends, and more championed you the entire way. At times, it may have seemed impossible to balance school and athletics or pass that end-of-the-year exam. But your loved ones were always there, supporting you and giving words of affirmation when needed. So in the midst of this day dedicated solely to your achievement, make an effort to thank those closest to you.


Again, a very special congratulations to each of you who have walked across that stage, received a diploma, and turned your tassel this year. Completing high school or college is a great achievement and you deserve every recognition. Best of luck in your future endeavors!


 

 
 
 
  
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