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    Graduating Senior: A Day in the Life

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    Like you, Maya couldn’t believe that graduation day (at Ben Davis High School) was finally approaching. Before now, walking across the stage wearing the ultimate symbol of achievement, her cap and gown, seemed like a day that would never come. Now she can finally say, I’m here. I made it.

    Watch this short 5-minute film to see all that you have to look forward to on graduation day – the day you’ll remember for the rest of your life!

    The first time putting on my cap and gown, it’s just gonna be, I’m here. I made it. I made it to this day where I’d been saying since freshman year, “It’s never gonna come. It’s never gonna come.” It’s here. What graduation means to me–it’s just, it’s just a time where we can leave all of our immaturity behind us and move on to what we need to do in our life. It’s a time where we just, came from all of our accomplishments and we just, can see each other succeed–like all of your friends succeed and just having those teachers, like Mr. Goings, just know that they care about you.

    My name’s Dennis Goings. I teach TV broadcasting and I’m also the department chair for Performing Arts. This is my 15th year here at Ben Davis High School. I always like to use the word, being a fellow athlete, I like to use the word completion. It’s a completion of the first stage of your life that you move on to the next stage of your life and that cap and gown symbolizes that completion mode. In that particular day, they look their best. They’re all in that purple cap and gown and just to look out and see the sea of graduates is an awesome experience, but it’s just the beginning. The beginning of so many other awesome experiences. Graduation is something that they’ll remember the rest of their life.

    My biggest support is my mom and my sister, definitely. They are always there to support me 100 percent. Always at my choir concerts, always at my tennis matches, always at everything. I’m really excited to do my speech and tell, tell my fellow classmates what I think they should hear. So I’m going to be talking about what we’ve accomplished this year and that’s regarding the extracurricular activities and the academics. And also, I’m going to focus on us just learning how to live in the moment. Putting on the cap and gown today will make me feel so accomplished. Just knowing that the past 13 years have just been able to pay off to this moment just makes me feel great. I  will know I’m a high school graduate when I turn the tassel with all my classmates and I get the honor to do that with all my cabinet members and my officers. When I take off the cap and gown today, the first people I want to see is all my family members.

    It is my honor to now welcome the Ben Davis High School Class of 2017 class president, Miss Maya Carter.
    “Good afternoon Dr. Butt, administration, faculty, family, friends, and of course the Class of 2017. I am honored to have the opportunity to speak here at the ceremony today. Oprah Winfrey, noted multi-millionaire spoke to an audience and stated, ‘Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.’ I can remember my first day at Ben Davis high school like it was yesterday. I felt anxious walking through the double doors, thinking I would never be able to find my way around this enormous school. I looked down the hallways that just seemed to never end. However, now, although the school is still large with the teachers and coaches who have been there for us as mentors…being familiar with this school makes it seem so much smaller.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the graduates of the class of 2017!

    “So now we celebrate, living out our last moment out of the class of 2017 Seniors. I challenge you to go out and do great things in life, one moment at a time.”

    Do you have everything you need to walk across the stage in just a few short weeks? Check out the ultimate graduation checklist infographic or shop last minute essentials.


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