The moment has now come to embrace a new beginning. It is time for us to explore what is next. But I must warn you, to not walk blindly into that open cliff, but to use what you have learned in this institution to aid you in a world that might not want you to succeed. It is imperative that you do not let yourself be dazed by the fairytales of the world. We live in a time when ignorance, and acceptance of the now has accomplished nothing more but to revert back in the progress we have accomplished.
I urge you to be open-minded, to be a risk-taker, to be an inquirer, but to not be silent. The system will force us to stand alone, to be weary of those around. It will force us to succumb to a state of bliss. A fake bliss that hides behind a wall of despair. Do not let yourself be chained and explore new places, interact with new people, and let yourself be molded---not by the horrors of the world---but by the promise of peace.
The world of today is guided by the ignorant belief that money is everything. For too long, we have let the world neglect us. For too long we have endured the silence. We must speak up for Parkland, Venezuela, Syria, and Guatemala. Porque somos más que una nación, somos la raza humana y merecemos un mundo mejor.
To come back to this moment, I would like to first congratulate all of you for completing four years of learning. We have all endured the struggle of school, and we have all survived. However, the battle brings its rewards. The knowledge that you now have, has forged your mind so that it has the power to speak up and be resilient. Do not be afraid of what is to come. But know that you must strive for a better you, and a better tomorrow. Se tu y cambia el mundo.
Lisa Torres, Ogden International Class of 2018
This blog has contributions from a variety of faculty and staff at Ogden International.