Principals' Message to the 2019 Graduates:
You will remember today for the rest of your life. Earning your high school diploma is a major accomplishment; it is a launching pad to your future. But before we talk about the future, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past. As you celebrate a major accomplishment today, I want you to think about all of your accomplishments—everything you achieved that led you to this stage today.
Getting here took hard work; it took persistence and resilience. There were times when you had to bounce back from failure or push yourself to next-level greatness. There were times when you wanted to quit—when you wanted to give up. But that’s not the Adams City High School Eagle way.
Today, Eagles, you have earned your high school diploma.
While there are a lot of people who are proud of you, the one person this means the most to, is you. You earned this and what you do with it is up to you. I encourage you to take everything you have learned to this point—every hard lesson life has taught you, every kindness you have been shown by others. Let your life experiences make you stronger. Let your ambitions light the path ahead of you.
Several years ago, our former first lady Michelle Obama imparted wisdom at a commencement ceremony similar to this one. I want to share her words with you today.
“Some of you may have grown up like me, in neighborhoods where few had the chance to go to college, where being teased for doing well in school was a fact of life, where well-meaning but misguided folks questioned whether a [person] with my background could get into a school like Princeton. Sometimes I’d save them the trouble and raise the questions myself, in my own head, lying awake at night, doubting whether I had what it took to succeed.”
Mrs. Obama went on to tell graduates that in these times of doubt you need to take a deep breath and instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have: your intellect, your courage, your determination, your passion. She told them that every single one of them, just like every single one of you here today, has an obligation to see each setback as a challenge and as an opportunity to learn and grow. You have an obligation to face whatever life throws your way with confidence and with hope.
Today, you will leave through open doors. Whether you have to push them open or just walk through them, let these doors be a reminder to seek out opportunity, to ask for help when you need it, to work hard and earn it, and to remind yourself that you deserve it.
The truth is that there will always be those who try to tear you down; who don’t believe in you and don’t see your potential. That is why it is so important to believe in yourself and what you can accomplish, and to seek out people and opportunities that build you up.
The truth is that your potential is only limited by how hard you are willing to work and how big you are willing to dream. I believe in you. The future is yours. Congratulations to Adams City High School Class of 2019.
Gabriella Maldonado, Ed.S. BJ Jeffers
Co- Principal Co-Principal