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Dear Members of the Graduating Class of 1958,
It was six years ago that you entered the secondary school--and it is just six years ago
that it was my good fortune to join you at that time.
I have observed your class progress in the B. C. I. junior High School and then the B. C. I.
Senior High School. You have come a long way. I am satisfied that if you keep up your good work
you will enter your desired vocation with the spirit of victory.
How many things we start ali through life but leave after a while without accomplishing any-
thing with such efforts. We just let the efforts die. Many a genius has thrown himself into the
discard because of the dropping of important efforts.
There is a famous saying by William james, the noted psychologist. He said: "Keep the
faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. This is , be system-
atically ascertic or heroic in little unnecessary points. Do every day or two something, for no
other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh,
it might find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test."
We must learn to finish what we start. By being more self-dependent, we grow in confidence
and power. Think of the advice of Socrates: "KNOW THYSELF-." The more independent we are in
our thinking and manner of life, the abler we become to handle every emergency courageously.
The day of Commencement will be your day to hold and to cherish as your own. Enjoy it,
revel in it, and so conduct yourselves in the future that you, your families , and your friends
will always be proud of it as you will be.
With confidence in your own abilities and faith in the wisdom of the goal you have set in
life , you will be able to adjust and to adapt to winds and storms , come what may. You won't be
thrown far from your course , I am sure.
May God bless you and bring you the rich reward that you deserve.
Sincerely yours ,
john F. Smith