Maya Angelou's Farewell Essay

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Good morning, Mrs. Mueller, Sister Joan, faculty, honored guests, parents, friends, and graduates. Welcome to Xavier College Preparatory’s 70th Commencement. We are gathered today, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, not just to celebrate and commemorate the past four years, but to thank God for the blessing that is our lives. But, being grateful towards God isn’t encompassed in a prayer that functions as a precursor to our ceremony. Rather, it involves the realization that God has been working within our lives every day. So by thanking God, we are thanking our parents ,who have loved, cherished and supported us in our journey, and the faculty and staff, who have formed and sustained our growth as young women of excellence.
Author Maya Angelou
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However, the notion of his success and legacy is forever questioned by his community, exemplified in the song, “Who lives, Who dies, Who tells your story.” But, the answers the question as to what our story means. We, the class of 2016, are not the main characters of a story as structured as the homerian odyssey we encountered freshman year. We are part of a larger narrative composed of the discourse among the previous generations to future ones and from the traditional to the…show more content…
F. Scott Fitzgerald, an author whose work we read our junior year of high school, wrote: “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Our past and future are captivated by this moment, now. And it is now, through this ceremony, that we become who we are meant to be: the Class of 2016, marked with courage and willing to let our light shine into the world. So, graduates, as Saint Ignatius stated, “Go forth and set the world on fire”. Congratulations, Class of
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