Graduation — Roseman: ‘Enduring the future’s darkness to find the light’
Graduates, faculty, family, friends, it is an honor to have the privilege of addressing you all today.
The Wilton High School student body is generally presumed to be a homogenous group. Therefore, considering Wilton High School to be a microcosm of any type of diversity should be a fundamentally ludicrous concept. However, my experience has led me to believe that the multifaceted excellence of Wilton High School can largely be attributed to the unique life experiences of each member of our community.
The graduating Class of 2016 has no two members that have had an identical experience during their time in this school. While some of Wilton High School’s most talented athletes are integral members of the arts community and some of the most popular students have never played a high school sport in their life, this, ladies and gentlemen, exceeds the scope of shattering the “popular jock” and “theater nerd” stereotypes. Standing before you today are students who have experienced tremendous personal loss, exhilarating victory, and everything in between.
Ideally, most will look back on these four years as a time of rigor, certainly, but moreover a series of reasonable challenges which could be overcome through hard work, leaving time to enjoy the last vestiges of childhood. However, there are also those who, for a myriad of reasons, will regard high school as the most difficult four years of their life. Whatever you believe dictates the path that a person’s journey takes; the individual circumstances surrounding each member of our class were largely out of our control.
These circumstances were not always easy, not always simple, and not always fair. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the only experience truly shared by each member of our class is that we all received an education at Wilton High School. That, in my opinion, is what makes this Class of 2016 such a brilliant constellation of diverse talent, unique perspectives, and endless motivation to succeed.
The perseverance required to reach this graduation day has been individually cultivated and refined throughout our time at Wilton High School, and it will never cease expanding as we pursue an education, and a life, outside this community. This, if nothing else, will guide us through the best and worst of times to come. For every test that is failed, one will be aced, every game that is lost will be countered by one that is won, and every missed opportunity will enable an alternate opportunity to occur. This, of course, is not statistically accurate, but generally life has a way of working itself out.
What is important to keep in mind, Class of 2016, is the irrefutable fact that we have not only survived the challenges of high school, but thrived and turned struggles into achievement. We have a one-hundred-percent track record of ultimately overcoming obstacles to success, and therefore we will be capable of enduring the future’s darkness to find the light.
To put this more concisely, I am going to turn to the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, who once said, “Sometimes in life, both in school and afterwards, fortune will go against anyone, but if he just keeps pegging along and doesn’t lose his courage, things always take a turn for the better in the end.”
We’ve made it this far, Class of 2016, and so long as we courageously “keep pegging along,” our talents will undoubtedly make the world a better place.