Forty Lisbon Central School graduates gathered together to reflect on what was and to dream about what could be at Fridays commencement ceremony.
Like many 2013 graduates, Samantha A. Gladle, Lisbon, had mixed emotions.
I woke up this morning with butterflies in my stomach, she said. I am looking forward to moving on but I am not looking forward to growing up.
Ms. Gladle will be studying Community Health at SUNY Potsdam this fall and hopes to become a nutritionist. She shared the day with her legal guardian and grandmother, Beverly Gladle.
I am so happy she is here today, Ms. Gladle said. I am the first in my family to graduate high school and to go onto college. Shes been through so much, and I really want to make her proud.
But some students took comfort in the fact that they would always have a town like Lisbon to call home, even well after theyve moved on.
I can guarantee at one point or another we will all miss the small town we have come to love, the memories we have made, and the people we are closest to, Megan E. Barney said in her honors speech, Lisbon is the place that we will forever call home no matter where our life brings us.
In his honors address, Kristopher M. Newtown urged graduates to always be humble and take responsibility for their actions, no matter where life takes them.
There are times when you think you have everything figured out, he said as he looked out over his classmates. That no one will catch onto your actions, and that consequences wont catch up with you. One way or another, they always do. Good, though, can also come out of mistakes.
As High School Principal Eric Burke congratulated the graduates, he bestowed them with a simple gift: perspective.
I am not a person who likes change, but I will tell you change is inevitable. And you are headed on an absolute time warp of change, he said. Five, 10, 25 and 40 years are going to go by in the blink of an eye. Youre going to wake up one morning and wonder where the time went. I want you to take the next chapter of your life and fill it with good times and devotion to a career that you absolutely love. So that when you wake up in 40 years, you can look back and not only say where did the time go but how did I fit it all in.