I am pleased to bring greetings, to the Grad class of 2012, on behalf of Mayor Hamling and Village Council. Mayor Hamling asked me to convey the following: “I am sorry that I cannot be with you today to celebrate your achievement. I am in Kamloops attending my grandson Brandon Hamling’s graduation. You are a wonderful group of grads.”
Good afternoon, Nakusp High School Graduates of the Class of 2012, families and friends. I know that all of you – parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, guardians and friends, are reflecting upon the fact that just yesterday, your young man or woman was beginning his or her high school career. It seems like just last week they were attending their very first day of school, and just reflecting back in time, it seems like the blink of an eye, they were coming home from the hospital as a newborn baby.
It has been both a challenge and a joy to raise your child, and today is a very special day that marks their entry into the adult world. A high school diploma will give each of these excited, exuberant young people an opportunity to be the best person they can be.
To the graduating class of 2012: your families are extremely proud of you. You can’t imagine the sense of excitement they are experiencing on this day of graduation. I believe this would be a most opportune time for you to ask for money.
I read a quote the other day that I wish to share with you: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” So every morning when you wake, look in the mirror and ask yourself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” Make each day count in your life.
I have the following proposal for this graduating class of 2012. Go have your life experiences, continue your education or career training, and when you are ready, come back to Nakusp and help build a great dynamic place to live. We will welcome you home with open arms.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2012, all the best in the careers and paths you may wish to pursue.