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Graduation is a bittersweet mixture of opportunity and letting go.

Seniors are justifiably sentimental.

They know the world will never be quite the same.


 

 

 

We laughed as they said we wouldn’t want to leave,

we cried when they said we had to go.

 
 

And so our adventure ends. And some of us found our heroes, and others unconquered their fears. And one might even say we’ve triumphed. I’m not sure if it happened that day or that summer, but somehow, we all felt older and different. I knew I’d never forget any of it and I decided I wasn’t gonna let it end because I realized we’re not just given life experience … we’re given the experience of life.

~ Young Americans


 

 
It’s hard to believe I’ve walked these halls for the past four years.
Most of the people that have passed me every day I don’t even know.
Those I do know and know well are friends I will have forever.
A life lesson: you will pass many in your travels
and only a select few you will truly know.
Don’t judge those you only pass … respect those you do know.
 
 
 
My high school experience wasn't what I planned ... it bore no resemblance to the pictures in the brochure, but I am not unhappy. I don't think any of us are. We got what we needed out of it. It's kind of like when you go on a vacation, you plan everything out but the one day you take a wrong turn and you end up in some crazy place you can't even find on a map, doing something you never thought you'd do. Maybe you feel a little lost while it's happening, but later you realize it was the best part of the whole trip.

 
 
June – the month most seniors live for.
The end of one life and the beginning of another.
Please don’t leave without saying good-bye to me,
 it’s only me running after you because you’re everything I need.
~ Fairweather
 
 
 
There are some things from our high school experiences that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives and some memories that we choose to forget. But when we look back at those experiences, we’ll see our friends … the ones who got us through everything and we’ll realize how lucky we are to have them.

 

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.
~ Robert Orben

 
 

We picked up our caps and gowns and all that senior stuff

that’s supposed to help us remember the good ole days,

but some of the things that you remember the most, can’t be put on paper.

That day finally came, and you sat there with all the friends you had made over the years … you looked out at your family and deep down,

you knew that this was a once in a lifetime moment.

It was the last time in your life that all these people would be together in once place. Yeah, there would be reunions,

but there was always the chance that one person wouldn’t make it there.

You looked back on your time with these people

and realized it was short lived

and that it didn’t seem as if there was enough time for everything

that you wanted to accomplish …

sports, activities, SAT, ACT, and all that good stuff.

They called your name,

your tassel got turned,

and you got a piece of paper that said you were smart.

Then you said good-bye …

maybe to your town,

and that school and your friends.

You know that you can go back to visit,

but there will be strangers in the halls and it’s not the same.

It’s different …

you’re different …

but it’s not the end.

In fact,

everything is just the beginning.

 

 

 

Leaving high school, the most valuable thing I will take with me is the memories and I want to thank every person for playing a part in them. To my friends: you have gone beyond the limits of what one has to do for another. My life will be forever richer and more beautiful because you were a part of it. I love you with all my heart. To every girl who gossiped about me in corners of parties; to those who were my slap in the face; to the close-minded or misunderstanding; to those who broke my heart: you all challenged me to become the person I wanted to be. I am stronger because of the trials you put me through and no matter what you have done to me, you have unknowingly done so much for me. To every person who inspired me by the way they lived their life; to those who were my shoulder to cry on; to those I found myself with in my moments of pure joy; to those who have understood me; to the people I share inside jokes with; to anyone who has held my hand, or for that matter, held my hair back after a night of partying; to those who I laughed with until I cried; to my ex-boyfriends; to everyone I stayed up talking to until the early morning hours: thank you for the wisdom, happiness, and experience you’ve brought into my life. I will cherish these times forever. I wish you all the best.

 

"You spend twelve years of your life trying to learn how to live, but every time you try to live in those twelve years you're told you're wrong. Then you're a teen and everyone you've grown to love is taken away, and scattered. That's what they should teach you. How to say good-bye and let go."

 

 

 The young faces in these pictures represent times when our biggest worries were Barbie and Ken's wedding, GI Joe's missing arm, and why we had to eat vegetables at dinner again. Looking at these pictures today, sometimes we, the seniors, wish we could go back to such carefree days. But at the same, time moving on with our lives, making new memories, and gaining independence have become exciting realities that were once ideas that seemed so far away. Since sixth grade we have counted down the days until graduation. Now as the day approaches we are still anxious, but somewhat nervous. The faces in these pictures remind us of the people we once were and still are, the friends we have grown up with and also whom we will graduate with. Surviving the past 12 years wasn't easy, but in that time we had some of the best experiences of our lives. Those times are what made it worthwhile.

 

 

 

I walked through those doors with a half smile on my face. I walked in expecting to see those “big seniors” shoving through the hallways: laughing, giving each other bad times … I expected to see them taking their last year and absorbing it all. I expected them to look at me and think, “Just another lower classman.” I expected to have one or two in my classes, giving the teachers a hard time because they’re a “big senior”. I expected to see my senior friends’ faces and to make my last year with them the best that I could. I expected to have a couple more years in this place. If not that, then at least one more. I guess I expected all of the wrong things because I knew that the second I walked through those doors, I had become “a big senior”. This is it, my last year of high school, my last year of those homework assignments that I complained about every day of those four years I had been here. Give them back, please, give me back those essays … those book reports … they’ll never compare to the things I’m going to have to face in this real world that isn’t even a year away from hitting me right in the face. Let me keep my friends, please. I’ve been with some of these people since kindergarten. How can it all stop just like that? Better yet, where did it go? How did I let time slip by so fast? Give me time, just let me tell all these people … all of my friends … how much they mean to me. Let me go back to my freshman year, to tell my teachers how much I really did learn. Give me the time to tell them that what they did for not only me … but for everyone else in this place DID make an impact on our lives. Stop. Let me tell all of those people who said, “It’ll go by fast” how right they were. Slow down … just please slow down. How sad it is, to think that the first day of my last year is gone. I can’t bring back the past, but I can make the future a past that I’ll remember … for the rest of my life. After all, I am … a big senior

 

 


 

 

















 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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