A Fairgrounds address to (remember / forget ) for the Class of 2018


Dear High School Graduates of the Class of 2018:

You made it! You’ve come all the way to the ( endSouth Florida Fairgrounds), for this, your commencement ceremony.

You thought you’d never get here, with all the (obstaclestraffic) you had to face, passing all those (testsjunk yards) and the ( final projectsDouble Dee’s strip club) along the way. But here you are.

And dare I say it, as I look out over these ( fresh young facesFairgrounds ), I can almost smell the (successfunnel cakes) and imagine the ( ambition /racing pigs.)

Some of you may be wishing you were (still in bed / at the Palm Beach Convention Center ) basking in the creature comforts of ( your roomluxury folding chairs). But this is not a time for wishful thinking. This is the time to claim your spot into this world of ( opportunitylivestock exhibitions) and ( new connectionsgun shows).

To use a metaphor, life is like walking in the ( woodsFairgrounds midway). You wander around, marveling at the bounty of ( nature’s beautyfried Oreos), until you settle on a ( pathride ) that captivates you, such as ( actuarial accountingthe Mega Drop).

Like a special calling, it speaks to you through the ups and downs until it’s time for you to (retirebarf ).

Some of you will pursue the ( arts / Zipper ), others will be drawn to the ( sciencesInverter ). It doesn’t matter what you do, only that you invest in your ( education wristband ), unless you’re lucky enough to ( have scholarshipsknow a carney).

As you go forward, the key thing will be to grow during the next few years without finding yourself in ( debtThe Moo-ternity Tent).

I know, as you sit there, many of you have questions. You are probably wondering whether you will be able to find ( a job / your car ) once you leave here. After all, it’s a big ( world / parking lot ) out there, and maybe you wished you took more time to pay attention ( in schoolwhen you parked.)

For everything will soon be very different. You’ve all been together during your years in school, but when you leave here, you’ll be headed for different (destinationsaisles). Some of you will know where you are going. And you will go straight there. But others may take a while to find ( themselvestheir cars).

That’s OK. People eventually find their ( wayvehicles ). They have to, because ( life / ceremonies ) keeps going on, and if you don’t, you will be trampled by ( time / the next graduation ) which ( never stops / starts in 3o minutes).

It’s a good life lesson. We must all venture out beyond the bounds of comfort, searching for a pathway to reach our destination. Some may try ( business441 ). Others may take a ( gap yearchance on the Turnpike ), but it really doesn’t matter, because you’re going to have to make ( choicesleft turns ) along the way that will slow you down.

When that happens, don’t ( despairride the shoulder ) , because it would be terrible to get ( down on yourselfa moving violation ) on your graduation day.

So what am I saying? Go forth. Look forward to tomorrow, not back toward (yesterdayYesteryear Village).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to stop talking and ( sit downleave early ). I’ve gone on long enough, and what’s important is that ( youI ) get ( your diplomasmy Uber ride) before the next crowd arrives.



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