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Sometimes graduation is referred to as a commencement We usually understand commencement to mean the beginning of something new a new set of conditions to live and act upon If you think about it you cant get to something new until you let go of something old There in lies our understanding - a moment of time between the before and the after of an event Right now - we are in the state of before the actual graduation In a few short days we will be certified as the graduating class of 2004 then it will be after the graduation We will together cross a moment in time in which we will leave high school and step into the big bad world However what makes this time enjoyable isnt the destination but the journey itself Our focus should not be on the post graduation celebrations but rather on experiencing the significant and splendid nature of the moment I know some of you are nostalgic today and filled with excitement and perhaps uncertainty at what the future holds Which makes me wonder What piece of wisdom can I steal from one of the great theologians of the world that will somehow ease your transition from high school into the real world Ferris Beullers Day Off is a teen comedy made in 1986 In the film Ferris played by Matthew Broderick is just a month of graduating high school - a position not un-similar to our own There is a motto that Ferris lives by the line became quite famous and coincidentally applies to all of us here today even you Miss Cantle The line is Life moves pretty fast sometimes If you dont stop and look around once in a while you might miss it 18 years on and those words still resonate In a short time after our graduation we will be living the fast-paced uni life or entering the work
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