Top-Rated Free Essay

Graduation

Good Essays
I find myself to be a very photogenic person. Birthday parties, vacations and other special events are all recorded in photographs in my room. One specific picture hanging up on my wall, is forever engraved in my mind. I often catch a glimpse of it in the evenings when I come home. I grab it, lay on my bed and go back to the best night of my life. The image in the 4x7 thick rectangular photograph was a moment captured by my father. Later on he told me that he had never seen me that happy, ever! Before that certain picture was taken, there were multiple events that caused the massive smile on my face to appear on the picture.
I remember walking with my best friend across the arena, our legs synced with the pattern of walking straight, left foot then right foot. While holding each other’s hands, we looked up and were instantly engulfed with the sounds of our cheering parents. The speaker sounded like a faint voice drowned out by the infinite murmurs of the enormous crowd. The lights were almost blinding as my eyes filled with tears. I tilted my head back to keep them from ruining my mascara. My heart was so full of excitement and glee, it felt as though it was going to burst out of my chest or launch out of my throat. Then, I sang with my choir family for the last time. I have been with the same group of people for four years, helping each other grow and develop vocal skills. Even in that bittersweet event, my teacher honored me by giving me a solo on a song that had everyone in tears. And, there was a moment where I had finally located where my family was in the crowd and saw the tears in their eyes. Tears of joy were all I could have seen. Faces that had become so familiar to me were new again, just as I was beginning a new life. Their eyes and smiles comforted me and in a time of uncertainty and nervousness I knew that they would be there to support me not just tonight but for the rest of my life.
My best friend and I finally tossed our tassels and officially became 2013 high school graduates. Caught, frozen in space, in the picture it seemed as though time was at a stand-still. We were walking from our assigned seats and out towards the exit, or as I saw it, walking towards my future. At that moment nothing existed but us, nothing mattered but us, there, together. The background in the picture was a sea of other fresh Viking graduates ready to embark on their futures as well. Mixed faces are expressed in the photograph. Some looked ecstatic to get out high school or as a few called it their personal hell hole, while you could see that others had sadness in their eyes because they knew that they will have to say goodbye to their high school sweethearts or their favorite teachers. We all knew that we had to leave our old normal lives behind and start fresh that night. I was excited and anxious about that and I know it is shown in the photograph. Remembering this time and the events leading up to it, I am always reminded that time waits for no one. Remembering all of the anxieties, fears, and optimistic thoughts that had found homes on the faces of my classmates has motivated me to continue on and to strive for my goals.
After the day was over, I knew that it was definitely a night that will forever be engraved in my mind. The warm June air surrounded me like a blanket as I joined the sea of people both familiar and unknown. I knew, while leaving the Tacoma Dome it would always be, an external, physical symbol of my accomplishment. The smile on my face and the people that surrounded me in that photo were such important elements that made the photo come to life. Each time I glance at the photograph, I go back in time, I am a pioneer of this technology. I can relive each moment, each up and down, each ebb and flow I can feel and experience again. I can still recall every single detail like it was just yesterday. “Step back, take a breath and enjoy that moment” was a saying that led me back to that glorious evening.
A professor had told me, “Step back, take a breath and enjoy the moment”, and that is exactly what I did on June 14, 2013. That was the second Friday of the month, and my last of being a high school student. I had prepared myself mentally for that day gradually since the first day of senior year. But looking back I realize that this was one of those events, those experiences that you have to live through to completely understand. The emotions, the sights, the sensations were almost overwhelming. After twelve years of school, plus that full year of kindergarten that I hardly remember, I was finally free to take a path where there was less guidance and more independence when it came to my educational choices. There was something so powerful about that night that I still haven't come to terms with. It is a slow burn that I may not realize and understand until some time has passed. Surrounded by family and friends I joined the seniors of Curtis High School in the Tacoma Dome that night. We all had one purpose there, graduating. And let me tell you, graduation was the best night of my life.

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Satisfactory Essays

    graduation

    • 381 Words
    • 2 Pages

    what is it that makes graduation so important to so many people? A graduation is important because it is a rite of passage to many people. When a person graduates, it signifies the move from a previous point to a more mature person . Graduation helps to tie different parts of a life together. A graduation is not just an end, it is a new beginning tha start of a new chapter in a person's life whether it be another school year, or the entry into the workforce.Graduations help people remember…

    • 381 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Graduation

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages

    My Graduation as a Samoan Child It was time, Chapin High School would no longer be my home as of June 15, 2013. The joy of knowing at the very moment I stepped across that stage I would feel as something I have never felt before, and after I knew it was time. A day to remember was in the making. I could remember it like it was yesterday morning. Waking up to the smell of the barbeque that all my cousins were making for my graduation party. All the loud voices coming from the kitchen from my…

    • 1017 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    graduation

    • 610 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Biography : Francisco Sionil Jose Name : Francisco Sionil Jose Birth date : December 3, 1924 Parents : Antonio Jose (Aglipayan minister) and Sofia Sionil Spouse : Maria Teresa Jovellanos Field in Literature : Fictionist Educational Background Elementary : Rosales Elementary School Secondary : Far Eastern University High School College : University of Santo Tomas (liberal arts) : Manila College of Pharmacy and Dentistry (pre-medicine) Work Experience - editor-in-chief of the university…

    • 610 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Graduation

    • 317 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Chengye Yin Engl 115 In the story “Graduation”, a young black girl feels anticipated and honored with her graduation day. However, on her graduation day, she feels frustrated and shadowy because Mr. Donleavy, a white man, delivers a speech to the graduating class of 1940. At first, Angelou is quite excited because she is proud of her academic achievements; besides that, she is also about to make a speech in front of many students. In addition, her mother also gives her a fancy dress with an abundance…

    • 317 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    GRADUATION

    • 696 Words
    • 22 Pages

    Progress An argumentation prompt styled after Question 3 on the examination for Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (Suggested time – 40 minutes. This question counts as one-third of the total essay section score.) Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to…

    • 696 Words
    • 22 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Powerful Essays

    Graduation Planning

    • 2757 Words
    • 12 Pages

    Tourism Management of APU, we are planning to organize a Graduation Tourism Dinner Party in the university. The event is going to be organized under Tourism group from Business Management to invite all the tourism lecturers and tourism students who are going to graduate from the university. The rest tourism students who are still studying in the university are also going to be invited as participants. 2. Feasibility of the Event The Graduation Tourism Dinner Party is supported by the Faculty of…

    • 2757 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Graduation Day

    • 836 Words
    • 4 Pages

    shine through the football field where the ceremony of my graduation took place. Someone above must have known it was my graduation day and blessed me with a beautiful day. I was so excited that the night before the graduation I could not sleep at all. I tossed and turned all night, thinking about the graduation. I waited this moment for four long years in high school. Graduation is one of the memorable days of my life. On my graduation, I was filled with butterfly in my stomach. I was like an…

    • 836 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Graduation Ceremony

    • 5431 Words
    • 22 Pages

    – Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become graduates. The graduation ceremony is a cultural tradition that is considered a rite of passage. The ceremony marks a transition from one stage in a student's life to another. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as grandaunts. The date of graduation is often called graduation day. The graduation itself is also called commencement, convocation…

    • 5431 Words
    • 22 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Graduation Speech

    • 1503 Words
    • 7 Pages

    School graduation speech Let me begin by welcoming all of you to today’s event and thanking (NAME OF PERSON WHO INTRODUCED YOU) for that kind introduction. I’m very pleased to have been invited to speak here today on what I know is a very special day. It’s special for the graduates, for their proud parents and grandparents, and for their very relieved teachers. Just wait until these students are graduating college. Then their parents will be the relieved ones. As I begin, I have to say, I think…

    • 1503 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Graduation Day

    • 1032 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Graduation day is what all high school students are waiting for, the big day we all think as grown people and we’ve made the right decisions because of how far we’ve gotten. Graduation was one of my of my most memorable moments in my life, it’s like a new start to my future. We all come to think college is the next step to our pathway and we all mainly do it for a better future, but most importantly to make our parents and family proud, and to me it seems like education is your number one priority…

    • 1032 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays