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May 18, 2011

Graduation Gift
Every now and then, life hands you a gift. For me, that gift was when NCK Technical College asked me to give their 2011 Commencement speech.

At Saturday’s graduation ceremonies, I arrived with the ten-minute-or-so speech in hand I’ve been mentally writing and re-writing for weeks. As the first stands of Pomp and Circumstance began, I joined the processional toward the stage. I stood while approximately 80 students took their seat to participate in the ceremonies. Despite the bright spot lights, I could tell Beach Schmidt Auditorium was filled to capacity with graduates, families and well-wishers.

The time came for me to deliver my speech – and it went by in a blur. However, once the students started crossing the stage for their diploma, time slowed down. One of the first students to walk across fiercely hugged Don Benjamin as he handed her a diploma. I could tell she was losing her battle to hold back tears. Her face reflected an onslaught of emotions gripping her right at that moment: pride, satisfaction, excitement, relief, determination, and accomplishment. It hit me at that moment that I was part of something bigger, something more special than anything I’ve ever been a part of before.

While I can’t take any credit for these students’ accomplishments, I’m so honored that I got to take part in their celebration. Thanks, NCKTC – I will forever treasure this gift!
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