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by Stuart Draper
Superintendent Paire, Mr. Sargent, Rev. Howard, Members of the School Board, Teachers, Parents
and Friends. On behalf of the Class of 1956 I deem it an honor to welcome you to our Commencement
Exercises this evening.
It is good to be an American, no choicer heritage could be given to anyone. Our birthright includes
a majority of the things that the men of most other nations only yearn for, scarcely hoping that they will
ever be realized.
Our nation was founded upon the ideals of equality and opportunity.. Its objective through centuries
has been justice and happiness for all. V The Declaration of Independence states that "All men are created
Most of us will no doubt think of these gifts as we go forth in our own ways, deeply grateful for
these privileges we enjoy. The very right which is ours of thanking God in any way we choose was won
for us by our forefathers who paid dearly for that right.
There is, for each of us, the inescapable duty to protect and preserve our liberties, so that our
children may also share them, to defend our nation against attacks, either from without or from within,
and never to compromise with wrong. There are many places in the world where liberty is being des-
troyed day by day. It is our duty to see that this does not happen in our country.
There is the further duty re sting upon each of us to try to make this country a better home for all.
Let us show everyone we love our country, and let us be loyal to American ideals.
We know not what another year may be like, what path we may be called upon to follow, but what-
ever the year may bring fwherever we anchorj we hope that we shall, as a people, again be thankful to
Cod for what He has done for us.
I think the thoughts of each one of us are expressed in a poem I once read: The poem went some-
thing like this:
Good night, old years! Farewell old friends and teachers
We stand here on the threshold of tomorrow
Wiser for what you have taught us,
Stronger because of the problems you have forced us to solve.
More patient because of errors you have made us rectify,
Our vision clearer because of the things you have shown us,
More tolerant because we have known temptation and trial,
Happier because we have known success and triumph in a measure,
More humble because we also have known heartbreakg
Hopeful that the future will bring something of victory
Because the past has brought something of understanding:
Wise teachers, counsellors, guides and friends, we thank you.
May God guide and direct the Classof 1956 to pursue the way to a greater knowledge.
by Iames Curtis
Tonight, for the last time the graduating class is meeting in its entirety. For the past four years
we have worked toward a common goal. We have achieved that goal. While the friendships established
will live on, the class as such will dissolve.
The time has come for the members to separate into various paths of life. Many will go directly
into chosen fields of work, while others will first serve a period of military service. Still others will
go on to college in preparation for a profession. In view of these differing courses it seems unlikely
that the future holds much in common for the graduates. However, in common, in the careers of us all
will be the training received at Wilton High School. We shall all benefit in varying degrees from our
education here. .
In leaving you we have mixed emotions. We are glad to reach a goal-that has taken us twelve
years to achieve. During that span we have seen many of our companions drop by the wayside. Yet we
unanimously agree that it has been worth the effort. Still, it is with a twinge of sorrow that we part
company with those who have come to mean much to us.
As we go out upon the pathways of life we carry with us fond memories of our experiences during
high school. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the teachers for their efforts on our behalf. We can but
hope to justify the confidence held in us by the faculty and school officials.
It is with regret, yet with renewed hope that we bid you farewell.
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