graduation speech

Respected Headmistress Uttara ma’am, faculty members, dear fellow students, family and friends,Good Evening and welcome!!!

We never thought this day would come. We prayed for its quick delivery, crossed days off our calendars, counted hours, minutes and seconds, and now that it’s here, I’m sorry it is!! Because this means leaving friends who inspire me and teachers who’ve been my mentors, so many people who’ve shaped my life, and my fellow student’s lives impermeably and forever.

I live in two worlds. One is a world of books. I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina and strolled down Swann’s Way. It’s a rewarding world, but my second one is by far, superior. My second one is populated with characters slightly less eccentric, but supremely real, made of flesh and bone, full of emotion, who are my ultimate inspiration for everything.

I am lucky enough to be standing and speaking before all of you today, and if I had to choose a word to describe our journey, it would be unprecedented. Unprecedented is defined as never done or never known before, and I’m sure, all of you have heard it a thousand times, being normalised into a word related to covid 19. But here I want to connect it to us. You are unprecedented. You have graduated from high school and your life from today is unprecedented. Your high school experience was unprecedented. From taking class sitting with your friends and giving your exams, to suddenly changing all of your life. You have done it all.

Living in such unprecedented times, made us cherish the small aspects of life. Breathing overly polluted Delhi air felt unusually fresh. Sitting out in the corridors during winters with Rakhi Ma’am felt like freedom. But through it all, Most importantly, we formed relationships with the people we love, people we care about, people that went on this crazy journey. Unprecedented.

We have now learnt how to foster relationships through these tough times, quite literally finding the meaning behind the saying “through thick and thin” at a much younger age than other older folks. Unprecedented. We were thrown into this thunderstorm of uncertainty and irregularities throughout the year, but we fought through it through ways we could’ve never imagined.

In the midst of it all, I would also like to thank my parents. Especially my mom. Who unwillingly tolerated me at home for the past two years, but now finally hails the song of freedom. She always filled our house with love and dreams and never once told me I couldn’t do or be something, well you know except for the things she didn’t like. And finally to my dad. The man who has been there throughout, behind the picture and still has more years ahead of him of paying my tuition. So that’s great for him.

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