Graduation Speech Essay

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Morgan Freeman’s character in The Shawshank Redemption says, “These walls are kind of funny. First you hate 'em, then you get used to 'em. Enough time passes, that you depend on them.” Of course, he was referring to prison, but it applies here. I guess Covina High School was our little “prison”, minus the gates, fences and negative connotation. We were told when to eat, when to go on break, and when to go to the bathroom. However Covina High wasn’t just school, it taught us a whole lot more than how to write a good essay, who laid the foundation for communism, and why we all should despise geometry proofs. Covina taught us about love, life, work ethic, and how to be a person of substance, all of which might be more important than knowing what started World War I. Before we can move on, we must reflect on the good moments we have had here: the games, the countless moments with the unforgettable friends who make us smile, the dances, spirit days, hour lunches, plays, and color rallies. In 20 `years when we look back, those are the moments we will remember. All kidding aside, for some, this place grew on us, and for these people, as myself, today is bittersweet. As much as we may have loved this place, it is time to go. We finally are free. Tonight is our last night together as the class of ‘11; tomorrow we will go our separate ways. Some to college like Mt. Sac or Citrus, and some to jobs. Some will keep in touch with, some we will see randomly and some we will not see again until the reunion. So do not let tonight be plagued by the coulda, woulda, shouldas. This is the last night to connect, to bond, to share a few laughs, and a few tears. We don’t have the chance to redo it all, it happened, its over, and we’ve all grown from it. If anything, make tonight the best night of you high school experience. In the song “Another Day” from the Broadway Musical RENT, It

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