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Ceremonial Manuscript Essay

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Ceremonial Manuscript: Graduation SpeechSpeech 102Anne SearsGood afternoon… and congratulations to the graduating class of 2010. I'm humbled and honored to stand here today, one of the most special days of my life, so far. Standing before of you on this day, reminds me of my 8th grade graduation. I sat on the stage listening to three of my peers giving beautiful speeches that had nothing to do with any of the feelings I felt. The speakers harped on the nostalgia of leaving a school they had been at for nine years; I had only been there for three. They spoke on how they would miss seeing the same faces every day and that they feared the days ahead, however, I was excited. When I thought about my future I saw all the things waiting for me to come and try. I saw the new friends I would make, the papers I would write, the softball games I would win, the clubs and activities I would join, the boy who would be my first kiss, and the wonderful people I would meet, who would inspire me more than I realized at the time.Graduation is a time to look at what the future has in store for each of us. It is a time to take a look at what path our lives are going to take once the caps and gowns are taken off and we are thrust into an unknown future. Changes next year will vary greatly for each of us, they will come in the form of new environments, lifestyles, and schedules. And these changes will bring an abundance of questions.Will I be happy? Will I fall in love? Will I have a family? Will I be happy five or ten years down the road?Will I make a difference? Will I make a difference in my community? In my country? In the world?Now, some of you may have your futures mapped out. Whether it's continuing your education, starting a Fortune 500 company, getting into politics, maybe becoming an entertainer. Then there are some of you who may not have a plan yet. That's OK. Remember: this life is a marathon. Whatever road life leads you down, you can change direction at any time. We all fail somewhere along the line. The race you lost, the test you didn't pass and, in my case, the record execs who claimed "you'll never make it in the music business." Whatever. The point is, you get up, brush yourself off and get on with life.We need to begin...

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