NEW LONDON — The famous physicist Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Speaking before his 86 classmates, New London valedictorian Lucas Smith challenged them to live as if everything is a miracle.
During Sunday afternoon’s commencement, he told them it is important to know where they are going, but it is also important how they get there.
“While pursing your dreams, don’t walk so fast that you can’t smell the flowers or enjoy the sunset. Don’t run so fast that you can’t feel the cool earth beneath your feet,” Smith said.
Class president Taylor Held stressed the need to be kind to others and have hope for the future. He quoted Anne Frank, who wrote, “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
Held said to remember the legacies of strong people such as Frank, grandparents and parents, and choose to be happy and believe in the essential goodness of humanity.
Salutatorian Scott Gregory referred to the challenges that everyone faces, and he thanked those who helped him and his classmates reach this milestone.
He closed by saying, “This day marks the beginning, hence ‘commencement,’ for us seniors to go out into the world and begin to make our mark as responsible citizens.”
The ceremony included music by the senior choral members, high school concert band and the show choir. Claire Landis gave the invocation and Derek Sabin the benediction.
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New London High School graduates line up to enter the gymnasium before Sunday’s commencement ceremony in New London.