Here is a special message for the graduates
June 01, 2011 | 07:51 AM"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
This weekend will mark the end of high school and the start of adulthood as teenagers don graduation caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies throughout the Geneva Lake area.
The weekend will start with a graduation ceremony at Williams Bay High School Friday night, while Badger and Big Foot high schools hold theirs Sunday afternoon.
As we at the Regional News congratulate and honor each of the graduates at the three schools, we also want to send a special message.
"It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going."
To the graduates:
Sometime during your ceremony, it will feel like a sad ending. There may be tears for some knowing things will never quite be the same and certainly not as comfortable.
But, in reality, it is actually an exciting beginning.
Many of you will head to college in fall, embarking on the start of your careers. Some of you will join the workforce. Either way, high school soon will be a distant memory.
For some of you, high school was the best of times. For others, it was a period of discovery and learning about yourselves.
While it will become a memory soon enough, you all must understand the lessons learned here should never be forgotten.
At these three schools and others throughout the county and country, you learned mathematics, history, how to write and speak well, and gained the discipline and hard work needed to succeed in the world.
During four years of high school, you learned how to work with and get along with one another, the importance of respect, acceptance, and most importantly, you learned about yourselves and who you can become.
High school is the rite of passage into adulthood. As soon as you toss your caps into the air this weekend, it becomes time to look forward.
Your high school class rank or grade point averages no longer matter.
All that matters now is what you do with your education and the lessons learned during the first 18 years of your life.
Remember hard work, determination and passion are all needed to succeed no matter how intelligent you are.
Don't forget the other qualities such as perseverance, courage, strength, commitment, compassion, sacrifice, passion and determination.
With those qualities, you all can be equally successful in life.
Life did not begin in high school, nor does it end there. Now it is up to you to work hard to find and make the most of your talents.
All of you have gifts, skills and wonderful experiences. Some of you have already found your talents and know where you are headed. Others are still finding themselves and their abilities. For some of you, it will hit you like a ton of bricks. For others, it may take years.
"Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be."
Remember, things don't get any easier. It often is said high school is the easiest and best time of a person's life.
Finding your talent and your destiny is one of the hardest things to accomplish. That difficult task is next for all of you. Once you find that, success and happiness generally follow.
"The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called failure, a loop called confusion, speed bumps called friends, red lights called enemies, caution lights called family and you will have flats called jobs. But ... if you have a spare called determination, an engine called perseverance, and insurance called faith, and a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called success."
Congratulations and good luck to all of our local graduates. We hope all of you find your road to success and happiness.
Seiser is the editor of the Regional News.