VALEDICTORY GRADUATION SPEECH
Today, we celebrate our success after all these years of hardship, struggle and perseverance. Wereminisce the challenges that stood before us, and we savor the victories that came upon our hands.It was not so long ago when we dared to dream, and not so long ago, when we dared to take the firstessential steps towards its fulfillment.Along the way, we met a lot of trials, but our burning desire to reach our goals has kept us from strayingor giving up. Along the way were many uncertainties, but certain beacons of light showed us the rightpath to take.Let us thank God therefore for His unceasing grace and guidance; our professors, for their immeasurablededication; our parents for their unconditional support althroughout these years; and our friends whowalked along with us, side by side.Because of them, we were able to reach our dreams. Because of them, we can truly say, “We made it!”.Yet is this really the end of all our dreams? Friends, we should not just stop here and dwell withmemories. Rather, we must look onwards and dream once more. But this time, let us dream not only forourselves. Let us dream for the nation, and let us dream for the world.The medals and diplomas we received today must not be mere symbols of high grades or prestigiouspositions, but emblems of the true light, which God has given us, and which we are now called to giveothers in return.It is not sufficient anymore to be the mere hope of the nation. We must be the fulfillment of that hope!So do your best not only to improve yourselves, but to improve the socio-economic conditions of yourcountry. You have a great role in making this nation great again.And when you work, don't just work to earn a living, but work so that you may live in the real sense of the word. Don't just earn money, earn it honestly and with dignity. Put meaning to everything you do sothat when you reach your destination, you have not only reached it, but you reached it with honor inyour soul and strength in your heart.Never look for success in money, for success is never measured by one's bank account. Don't look forsuccess in power, for absolute power corrupts absolutely. Don't look for success in fame, for it is theprayer in silence which is most dear to God.As a matter of fact, don't look for success first, for it may be hard to find. But put God first in everythingthat you do, and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success.