I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of the Class of 2005 graduates. We have all come a long way during the past four years, but we still have a long way to go.
I see everyone in our class as farmers. Farmers who eagerly planted their seeds into the soil four years ago. Patiently we waited for those seeds to grow into big, healthy, strong trees. We watered the budding saplings with the new knowledge learned everyday; we helped them brave the harsh winds of quizzes and exams and the overbearing heat of relentless teachers and homework assignments.
All that hard work has paid off. For standing in front of everyone now are the big, tall trees laden with luscious, ripe fruit – the fruit of demanding labor and dedication. As each one of us is different, so is the fruit dangling from the branches of these trees that we have grown. Crisp, sweet apples, soft, fuzzy peaches, tangy oranges, tart pears…the list goes on and on.
However, we cannot just stand around staring in admiration. We have to harvest the fruit before it rots and falls to the ground. Why let the triumphant results of the last four years lie wasting away? So much more can be done with that juicy apple or orange. Polish clean that apple with your shirt and sink your teeth into its beige, fleshy interior. For those feeling more innovative, why not mold this fruit into something that you are absolutely craving? More work will be necessary to gather and combine the necessary ingredients, but the steaming apple pie that waits in the oven or the cold glass of freshly-squeezed orange juice will be the alluring reward at the very end.
The future is uncertain, but we all have the power to shape it according to our personal interests and dreams. I know that everybody will make the best of every situation. The sun will still beat down with its hot rays and the winds will still blow, but feel assured that your tree has already been rooted. All that remains is taking care of the fruit. May your harvest be bountiful.