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Congratulations to All 2009 Graduates

Just got home from high school graduation of my son, CJ. Latter part of March and April are usually graduation months in the Philippines. Graduation is a significant episode in the life of a student not only does it marks the end of a school year but it also marks the beginning of another significant milestone. It signifies a great triumph of accomplishments after a lot of hard works including late nights spent cramming for tests or school paper reports and a time to reflect on past accomplishments and gaze into a future wide open with many challenges and opportunities.

This page is intended to bring importance to all high school graduates and as my way of a treat to my one and only son CJ, who just graduated from high school recently. Congratulations to all 2009 graduates and to you CJ. I wish you all success in all your endeavors.

High school graduation is a once in a lifetime experience that marks the day that a student crosses the stage and receives his/her diploma. A time of expectations, transitions and transformations from childhood to early adulthood and one of the most memorable stages in the academic life of a student.

Another unforgettable phase of high school life is the prom which is an abbreviated term for a promenade or a walk. And how can one forget a great memory of fun of experience, dinner and dance and the romance filled evening with boys dressed in tuxedos and girls in their finest evening gowns?

CJ with partner Nadia

For teens ending high school, graduation is the one of the biggest events they can imagine. Before graduation even happens, students begin filling out application for colleges and some have taken their college entrance exams. They begin planning and dreaming about what life might become. They think about the courses that they might take and enrolled in.

By the time graduation day arrives, teens are filled with a mixture of emotions. Some are fearful, some have a few tears in their eyes as they are quite emotional for saying goodbyes, and others are nothing but joyful about the transitions. Whatever their emotion, all students seem to hold one thing in common on graduation day: relief. Relief over being finished with years of schooling, relief over making it through all of the hardships of growing up, and the relief of another summer break about to begin.

His Very Rev, Msgr. Luis Jonie P. Aguirre, HP and Sr. Ma. Lina R. Despojo, OSA (Principal/President)

Here are some of the quotations that might serve as an inspiration as you, graduates, embark another chapter in your scholastic years. May you embrace life and approach every challenge and opportunity with enthusiasm with these inspirational quotes.

"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God." - Eleanor Powell

"My father always told me, find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." - Jim Fox

"Your schooling may be over, but remember that your education still continues." - Author Unknown.

"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails." - Author Unknown

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." - Aristotle

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

"Put your future in good hands - your own." - Author Unknown

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after." - Newton D. Baker

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go." - Dr. Seuss

"The future lies before you, like a field of driven snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show." - Author Unknown

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." - Les Brown

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value." - Albert Einstein

"You cannot help but learn more as you take the world into your hands. Take it up reverently, for it is an old piece of clay, with millions of thumbprints on it." - John Updike

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out." - Art Linkletter

"Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude" - Ralph Marston

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." - Judy Garland

"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." - e.e. cummings

It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." Edmund Hillary

"The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

"The trouble with learning from experience is that you never graduate." - Doug Larson

"To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." - A.A. Milne

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle

"Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." - Arnold H. Glasow

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." - Beverly Sills

"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." - John Wooden

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Attributed to Mark Twain, unconfirmed

"Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." _ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius

"During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. Absolutely, the professor said. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy." - Joann C. Jones.

Now graduates, let me ask you. Do you still recall the persons' names who clean your school or the security guards who regularly greet you?

You may also feel free to share your unforgettable high school or even college experiences.

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