Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The Haverhill High School Class of 2013 Commencement program was impressive. But with four pages of two columned names it’s easier to consider this group as a whole – the Class of 2013. But there are 386 names in that program and with each name from the simple (Jamie Smith) to the exotic (Sopheaksoksandy So) comes an individual.
These individuals earned 7 pages of awards. These individuals will attend college in record numbers. These individuals will serve our country. These individuals will venture into the work force. And one of these individuals will be missed always.
Each student has a voice to be heard and this point was driven home by the estimated 40% of women and 10% of men who opted to share their emerging voices through their mortarboard caps. There were calls for peace, declarations of love, artistic expressions, there were caps designed to help family members identify one student in a vast sea of students, there were rainbows and sparkles.
So congratulations to each of you with your promise, your convictions, your strong work ethic and an idealism that could change the world. Every commencement speaker points out the daunting fact that you are our future. You are the future of Haverhill. You are the future of the world.
And while we’re not saying you have to save the world tomorrow, or that you have to save the world alone, we always believe you will do a better job than we did, and we were pretty awesome in our day.
I take my hat off to each of you.
Hope you find your hat.
©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell