Good evening students, teachers, family members, and everyone else here today. I would like to thank you all for being in attendance this evening. You‘ve had a profound impact on the development of this graduating class.

From the moment I knew that I had to give a speech, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to say. So, I procrastinated and stayed up late working on it, just to stay in the spirit of high school. It was suggested that I base my speech on what I loved about high school, but I realized that it would make for a rather short address, so I decided to just write what came to me and stop worrying about it.

High School seemed like an insurmountable task. After all the memories, experiences, and classes we shared, you get a strange feeling when you realize that you will no longer be able to see your closest friends every day and when you realize that this is the last time the Class of 2017 will ever be together.

All the ordeals that have occurred throughout high school have brought us closer together than we could have ever imagined. We have shared so many common adventures in and out of the classroom, and after all these years of growing up together, our lives have become inextricably intertwined. We are not just a group of students who attend classes together, but we are a family as well.

We have all been guilty of counting down the days until this moment. But as I reflect on the past years, I realize it wasn’t so bad! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited about leaving, going out on my own to spend at least the next 4 years of gruelling, hard, sleep-deprived, coffee-fueled days to pursue a higher education. And on top of that, accumulate an ENORMOUS college debt that will take me—— or I hope MY PARENTS—— years to pay back! …

Well actually that doesn’t sound exciting—— At All! Maybe it’s not too late to rethink this whole college thing?

All jokes aside, now, whether we like it or not, we will all be separated as we head off to college, and as the final moments of our high school careers come to an end, let us celebrate our memories and the time that we have spent together. Let us celebrate the opportunities given to us by CHS, as it provided an environment that allowed us to develop a common solid foundation and become unique individuals at the same time. Let us thank the teachers who were devoted to providing us with a first-class education and who brought out the best in all of us with their inspirational spirits, and let us thank our parents for supporting us ever since the beginning. Finally, let us be grateful for having each other as classmates and for the friendships that we developed over the years.

Tonight, as we find ourselves as seniors on the brink of graduation, I ask all of you to remember back to August 2014, when we first walked into Cabot High School as sophomores. We had no way of knowing in what condition we would be sitting here on this day. From that time to now, we have made unexpected friendships and grown away from ones we thought would last a lifetime. We have faced obstacles that threatened to crush us, laughed until we cried, became strategic procrastinators, overslept, under slept, and then stayed up all night just to do it all over again. By being here today, it is clear that all of our hard work and stress has paid off. As time has passed, we have been shaped into the people we are today, our own unique personalities who are now moving on with our lives to bigger and better things.

I want all of you to look around yourselves, look in the stands, find your family, your friends, your teacher. These are the people who’ve supported you, helped you, and loved you and only wanted the best for you. So, when you leave here tonight to begin the next chapter of your life and you somehow get lost along the way, come back home. Remember what it felt like to be right here, right now, in this moment. Remember what it felt like to have your family and friends look down at you from the stands and how happy they were for you. This is where it all begins.

Now, I would like to say goodbye to my classmates and formally address the Class of 2017 for the final time. The past three years have been some of the best years of my life, and one day we might wish that we could go back and do it all over again. I wish all of you good luck in whatever choices you decide to make in the future, and I thank you for making my experience at CHS a memorable one. So what do you say class of 2017, do you think the world is ready for us?

Thank you!