In our graduation ceremony last week, there was one person who have witnessed almost almost all of the most important moments of their high school years. It was the proudest moment for Principal Tanya Thiessen to see them through their graduation. In her short speech, she shared her love and wishes, as well as philosophical advice of life.
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Take a look out into the audience. Look at your parents, your family, your friends, your teachers. These are the people that only want the best for you in life. These people want you to succeed, to experience joy, to fall down and get back up. They are your cheerleaders and they are the ones you can rely on forever, especially after high school. Just because this phase of your life is done, it doesn’t mean we won’t always be there for you. We want to help, we want to support. We are all in this room tonight because you matter. You matter a whole lot to us. So please be proud of the person you are today, so that you can be even more proud of the person you will become tomorrow.
Each of you will find your own special place in this world. Each of you has something very special to give the universe. Will all of your hopes and dreams come true? No. But that’s ok. Because your limitation is what makes you so great. You need to celebrate what makes you awesome, what your strengths are, what your gifts are.
Relish what you can do, and have your version of your best life. Because, there are great things in your future. Be brave, be bold and take big chances. You are worth it and you are worthy of every ounce of success that you will have. I’m the luckiest principal, simply because I know you and I was part of your educational journey. Thank you.