You did it guys ! We did it! Another academic year accomplished, and that great efffort is something to be proud of. It is not just the letter grade you received, but rather the incredible effort and hard work, and all that we gave of ourselves to receive that grade. I believe that is what academia is: a character building experience, it’s an opportunity to go far above yourself, and accomplish something beyong your wildest and most ambitious expectations.
At this very moment a first year student is finishing a final to complete their first academic year, at the same time, a long time and hard working nursing major has finally been accepted into the program they have more than earned. Somewhere among this campus, a proud veteran has the courage to take the next step in their life and bring their incredible character to the classroom. Maybe not so far away from him, a very special student is persevering through what society labels as a disability he/she considers their gift.
To all of you who are graduating, not only from Glendale Community College, but onto the next path of your lives, do it the way you have left here today: courageously, responsibly, bravely. Always be curious about what life can offer you, if you can fight for it, goodbye our good friends.
And to all our good friends who have walked the pathways of this campused for the first time this year, I hope you all feel welcome, and embrace this time in your life, and challenge yourself to give as much of your self as you can, because when it is your turn to put on the cap and gown, walk onto the platform, receive your degree, and shake the president of GCC’s hand. Well my friend, you well be in awe of how far you have come, and how much further you can go.