On this day, the seventh of June 2006, at our high school graduation night, the night we say goodbye to the structured life high school offers, the night we say goodbye to friends and teachers that have impacted our lives in so many ways....
I've spent time with my fellow graduates and have gotten a comment on each of our staff members: "Nancy has always been there for me through boys, family and whatever.
We are graduating, finally shedding the familiar and embarking on a world of "what's-next?" Despite that, though, today is perhaps most importantly a day to remember our past.
Ladies and Gentleman, may I present to you, "Ode to the Class of '06." ODE TO THE CLASS OF 2012 'Twas the night of graduation, and under the steeple there were very, very emotional people.
She overblabbed at the 15 second mark, and just repeated herself, I was bored and embarrassed after 15 seconds. Very badly run graduation, in m opinion. And I’ve run thousands of graduations at Flag, this one’s stilted and weird and too formal. Graduations are always forced, people trying their best to say something natural, but always sounding like forced idiots.
Really liked your story. I’m glad you are out now and can look back.
I remember at Flag graduations finding out that all the speeches had to be written and approved prior to the talk. Then they would be in the monitors for them to read. The only reason I got up on stage for the last small course I did, (no speech) included the wooden cert frame (which I could use) and the fresh flowers, and I wanted my money’s worth. I had the Flag graduation experience but I felt completely foreign. Oh, and that’s when the dark cloud of Debbie Cook permeated the air and it was the last time I was there. Isn’t freedom great?
What I think would be interesting, is one Graduation, a Scientologist gets up, changes their scripted “win”, and says one of those protest speeches, that sometimes celebrities slip in at their award ceremonies real quick before they get dragged off the stage!
Well, we had to stay and watch the rest of the graduation, during which I would usually space out, and sometimes think to myself "It is taking so long to get up on that stage." Lots of us felt this way even last week, bombarded with the last group of projects and assignments that seem to cram themselves into an astonishingly small amount of time....
In fact it is probably a mistake that I am even graduating from this school at all -- believe me, just as most people in this class I have tested the limits of attendance, of sleeplessness, and of procrastination.
As the first-ever international student speaker on commencement, I am very honored to be here tonight to be given this opportunity to speak on behalf of the graduating class of the 2003.
There’s a 1968 graduation on the Apollo, and Hana gives her OT 3 success win, it’s equally embarrassing, and Otto Roos gives some almost delusional OT success wins after completing OT 5. LRH is present, and the other Sea Org big names give their wins, but all very embarrassing and awkward, like all graduations, in every time period in Scientology history. The 68 Apollo graduation wins, with Sea Org members giving the OT level wins, were so disappointing, except Otto Roos’ delusional OT power stories.
Graduations are something I dreaded to watch. I had to run hundreds of graduations, and nightly “win” sessions after course, nightly, for years.
This is a great time to be a graduate of Community College, because we are a group of students who are graduating with high grade point averages, leadership skills, overall talent, plus we are leaving behind much to be admired by future classes.
On the day of her graduation finally comes, that happiness turns into doubt about her future as she believes that black people will be nothing more than potential athletes or servants to white people....