Thirteen Years, A High School Graduation Poem
The following high school graduation poem was written for my principal to read at our high school’s graduation. I expected him to politely decline, but to my surprise he read my original graduation poem before 175 graduating seniors and many proud teachers, relatives and friends on a very hot and humid evening in June…
Thirteen years ago you walked into a new world.
As your parents secretly wished time would stand still,
You left the security of familiarity
Overwhelmed with a new set of emotions,
Not sure of what was in store for you…
Here you are once again, about to walk into a new world.
As your parents secretly wish time would stand still,
You leave the security of familiarity
Overwhelmed with a not so new set of emotions,
Not sure of what is in store for you….
As you turn your tassel,
Celebrate your accomplishments,
Remember your last days of school,
Remember those who wish you well,
Remember those who share your memories because
Time will move on and so must you.
Take with you our love, our support, and our encouragement.
Stay true to yourself and become the person you were meant to be.
But should you have a longing for the familiarity you left behind,
Whether next year or even thirteen years from now,
Know that you are always welcome in our halls
Because you hold a special place in our hearts.
© Barbara R Johnson
If you would like to learn more about how to write a graduation poem, check out eHow.com’s article: How to Write a Poem for a Graduate.