FAIRFIELD, Conn. Graduating outside on the football field in more than 90-degree heat was the last high school test the Class of 2012 at Fairfield Ludlowe aced and with smiles. But it wont be their last.
As they move out into the world as adults, class salutatorian Emma Sweet told the graduates they will surely be faced with challenges throughout their lives, but none they cant overcome.
We will have experiences, both good and bad. We will stumble, and we might fall once or twice, Sweet said. We will make countless mistakes that we will laugh off or learn from countless times.
We will meet people who will change us, experience small moments that will define us and gain a better understanding of who we are.
With every year, she told her classmates that they will become wiser and more experienced. However, she said that doesnt mean there wont be times when they have more questions than they do answers.
Building off what Sweet said, commencement speaker and teacher Carol Samuelson told the 354 graduates not to be afraid to make mistakes.
Failure can propel us into new seasons of growth. It cultivates in us passion, Samuelson said. And, it teaches us that mistakes are not fatal.
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