Graduation — Williams: A ‘supportive, respectful and kind’ class

(Following is the speech given by Michael Williams at Wilton High School's graduation ceremony on June 18.)

Good afternoon, my name is Michael Williams, Wilton High School student body president, and I have the honor today to welcome you all to the commencement ceremony for the Wilton High School Class of 2016.

The poet T.S. Eliot wrote, “Home is where one starts from. As we grow older the world becomes stronger, the pattern more complicated.”

Certainly, this has never been truer than it is today. The majority of our class has been together since kindergarten, so we have had 13 years together as those patterns have started to form and expand.

CAPT tests, SBAC testing, SAT and ACT, college applications, complaining about college applications, waiting for decisions to come back in, the joys and the sorrows of those decisions, English essays, tests covering too many topics to keep track of, countless sporting events and club meetings, four competitive rec basketball seasons, four spirit weeks, two counties assemblies, two proms, and of course, let us never forget the infamous bridge debacle.

Wilton High School demands much of us both during and after school hours, and we should be proud of all we have done while here.

Accomplished both academically, athletically and socially, we are a class with diverse interests, individual passions, and, I am proud to say, a class that has been consistently supportive, respectful, and kind to one another.

If home is where we start from, then we are grateful for the foundation we have been given, for all the love and support from our outstanding teachers, family, and parents.

Therefore, on behalf of the administration, the board of education, and the town of Wilton: Welcome, loving parents, friends, and distinguished faculty. And, especially, welcome to the members of the class of 2016. It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve you for the past four years in student government.

I would like to conclude with a final quote from T.S. Eliot, “We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time.” Thank you.
Michael Williams
Student Body President