GraduationI can still remember it like yesterday. It was June 6, 1994, the day ofmy high school graduation.
This day is the single most important day of my life.This day was so important to me because it was the first thing I had to workreally hard on to accomplish. For the first time in my life I felt as if Ireally could succeed in something. It helped to change my life.It started out like just another day but things would quickly change. Iwoke up at 7:00 a.m., which is extremely early by my standards, withanticipation of the day I had been waiting for.
After sitting around for 3hours I made my way over to Ludlow High School. The graduating class was to bethere for 10:00 a.m. to pick up our cap and gown. The principal, Mr. JamesCavallo, called out everyones name and proceeded to hand them their cap andgown. When he finally handed me my gown I quickly took it and sat to me admireit. Its funny how the simplest things can symbolize a whole new beginning.
Isat and looked at this ugly maroon gown with this weird looking square hat.The ceremonies were to be held at the Mullins Center on the campus ofthe University of Massachusetts in Amherst. The ceremonies were to begin at7:00p.m., yet I had to be there at 6:00p.m.
. When everyone arrived werehearsed on how we were to walk in and where we were going to sit. You couldthe excitement in everyones eyes. No one could wait for the moment in which ourdiplomas would be handed to us. They lined us up by height with the boys to oneside and the girls to the other. Each boy was paired up with a girl and was towalk in side by side with her when the ceremonies began. Once the couple reachedthe grandstands, where each member of the graduating class would be sitting ,they were to separate with the girls going left and the boys to the right untileveryone was seated.The time finally arrived .
It was 7:00p.m. and the music had begun toplay.
We started our slow march to the grandstands and I could here the crowdcheering. I looked up to take a look at the audience and quickly found myfamily waving their hands around in excitement. It felt like we had just won asporting championship and had arrived home to our beloved fans. I sat throughabout an hour of boring speeches which I could not tell you one single thingabout. I tried to seem interested in what was being said at the platform to myright but I just couldnt concentrate. My mind kept wandering to the moment whyI was sitting through this nonsense. Finally I saw my principal stand up andthen I knew it was time. He gave a brief five minute speech and startedcalling out names.
When my name was finally called I had a funny feeling comeabout me. It was a feeling that I have not experienced since. My heart feltlike it dropped into my stomach and I got this cold shivering which producedgoose bumps all over my me.
That brief moment had come and gone and now it wastime to celebrate.Not only was my high school graduation the first step in helping me toget to college but it gave me the confidence that I could do anything if Ireally put my mind to it. If I had not graduated I would of felt like I couldntaccomplish anything.Biographies