Saturday, March 16, 2019
Graduation Speech: Take Off Your Masks :: Graduation Speech, Commencement Address
What an applaud to be standing here tonight as a case of the Class of 2012 Its truly remarkable. We have solely worked very hard to eject this part of our journey. I want to thank my kids Laddie, and Mate. And especially Ron, my loving companion. Without the concur of our families, friends, fellow-classmates, instructors and staff, we wouldnt have made it this far Lets show em our appreciation. These three certificates Im receiving tonight deliver a lot more to me than achievement of success. They are the keys that unlocked the adit to a whole new world of possibility that I never new existed. Id like to begin with an Arabian proverb Strange how much youve got to k instantly, before you know how little you know. Two long time ago, I was a single mother of four, with a learning disability and 15 years of sobriety. I began experiencing anxiety attacks so I ceased operation of a non-profit establishment I founded and ran for 10 years called the Family Support Network. Even thoug h I had received a number of prestigious awards and been recognized nationally for my work, I resigned myself to being a clerical assistant for the rest of my life. Though I had dreamed of going to college, it was simply out of the question. It was at this juncture in my life that something happened that I initially perceived as a sad event, but it turned out to be a turning summit in my life. The mask I wore for so many years that cover my fears and insecurities about myself was removed, and I finally had an explanation for my quirky behaviors. One daytime I collapsed on the job and was hospitalized - not in a steady hospital but in a psychiatric hospital. The doctors diagnosed my symptoms as attitude traumatic stress disorder. In addition, I was also diagnosed with a clime and anxiety disorder. My self-esteem and outlook on life was at an all time low. It was at this point I hit bottom - and to my strike this became the beginning of my journey to fulfill my destiny. My doct or in her infinite scholarship suggested I supplement my therapy by taking classes in mental health and chemical dependency here at the college. Im sure by now you are wondering why I am sharing such intimate details about myself. My intent is to inspire and challenge you at the same time.