Good afternoon family, staff, honored guests and fellow graduates of WHSAD. Thank you all for attending the graduation of the class of 2023!
Our time at WHSAD has definitely been unconventional. With Covid-19 interrupting our freshman year, students were barely able to settle into school before being whisked away to learn online. However, even with this unanticipated challenge, students and teachers were able to continue on and persevere.
Even with the loss of a year and a half, once back to in person schooling students wasted no time in reconnecting and socializing with each other. Students jumped headfirst into the different projects, events and clubs the school offered, even staying late nights or coming to the school on their own free time.
This focus and overall drive not only showed how loyal the students of WHSAD were, but also how dedicated they were to creating a free and comfortable environment. One of the most accurate ways to describe a student of WHSAD is by describing them as “eccentric”. And although this may seem like an odd statement to some, by being eccentric and different we have been able to create an environment where students are free to be themselves without the stress and fear of being judged. That is what makes WHSAD, WHSAD.
Students of WHSAD, I applaud you for putting in so much time and effort into this school. I know it hasn’t always been easy, but I can confidently say that you have all created an environment of which you should be immensely proud.
So, as we graduate I hope you take that same passion and use it to positively impact the people you may meet in the future. I know all of you are more than capable of following your dreams and putting in the work necessary to achieve them, so I wish you the best on whatever your next steps may be.
Thank you and congratulations!