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Tuesday
Jun072011

So How Was Graduation?

Oh man, Graduation Day at Flintridge was so fun. As the commencement speaker, I was treated like a true VIP, which is almost surreal given that I was a student at the school about a decade ago (which feels way, way more recent than that). I donned my graduation gown and hood from Stanford, which is a pretty spiffy ensemble if I must say so myself, and spent a little over an hour with the faculty as we waited for the ceremony to start. I got to be in the formal picture with the faculty, and was placed front and center, between our principal (Sister Celeste) and president (Sister Carolyn). I even got to process in first, right between the two big shot Sisters. 

The ceremony was beautiful and inspiring -- watching all the young women embrace their classmates and await their bright futures was truly uplifting. I got to sit next to one of my favorite people in the world -- my former teacher, Mrs. Sadler -- and her pride in me was palpable and incredibly heartwarming. And my speech went pretty darn well, too. I loved every minute of delivering it, and the standing ovation I received from the 1000+ attendees (including the graduates and the faculty, which was particularly touching) was one of the coolest moments of my life. Having Will, my parents, and one of my best friends, Nick, in the crowd made the day absolutely perfect.

And now, without any further ado and for your viewing pleasure, here's the video of my speech. I hope you like it!

 

 

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