BHHS Class of 2008 Graduation: Farewell From The Principal
Class of 2008—Each year I am asked to write a farewell to seniors. For me, this task, along with the graduation speech is the most difficult to accomplish —the words, nearly impossible to assemble.
Personally, I always struggle to find words suitable for a fond farewell. As the principal, I am supposed to remain calm and unemotional during the course of my job.
The reality, however, is that I am always touched during this time of year, by the memories of the graduating class. Letting go is never easy.
I knew that arriving in Beverly last school year was my good fortune. But, I had no idea what a blessing it would be, to come to know the class of 2008. You are simply amazing individuals. I have no doubt that you will leave here with the ability to go out and change the world.
The events of late, surrounding the powerful “Every Fifteen Minutes” Program are indelibly etched in my mind.
Getting to know you, watching you grow, have made such an impact on my life and enabled me to be a better high school administrator.
More importantly, the experiences I have shared with you have made me a more attentive father to my own children. Working with you, I see my own children reflected in your eyes and I feel them from your soul.
As I am with them, I am proud of you all. You make my job an easy one. It is said that if you truly love your job, you never have to work a day in your life….I haven’t worked in two years, and for that I owe you thanks.
Class of 2008, fare thee well! I leave you with a Sanskrit proverb from where the Nor-man Nation gets its motto, “Yes-terday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day.”
Thank you for the memories. You are brilliant; you are the hope for a bright future. For me, you have added to a long list of wonderful moments that make up my past.
I am honored to have been your principal. I marvel to all that you have accomplished and I am looking forward to all that you will become.