Good Afternoon My Hudson Community Family! Welcome to Parents, Faculty, Staff & Guests. Great thanks to all the dedicated personnel involved to make today’s ceremony special.
I am proud and honored to be here today as a representative of your Hudson School Board. On behalf of the School Board, I would like to offer Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates and a few words of reflection for their future.
Parents and loved ones this will come as no surprise or shock to you that the young men and women seated here with their Caps & Gowns are some of the most precious jewels in our community. Over the years with community support they have provided countless hours of volunteer service, provided leadership to our younger students, earned district, state and national recognition awards not only in a variety of sports but also in vocal performances, instrumental music, journalism, FFA, model UN, National History Day and Lego League just to name a few. As a result these young people have become emerging Leaders, Collaborators, Problem Solvers, Creators & Innovators.
Those of us that live in Hudson already realize that Hudson Schools are a hidden treasure in the Cedar Valley and our students are the jewels. As a community you have entrusted those jewels to our school team to develop their talents and skills. We take that responsibility seriously and as good stewards we have strategically invested in technological resources and innovative problem based learning classes to provide opportunities that prepare our students with 21st Century skills.
It is easy to become complacent when Hudson has had so many years of 97% or greater graduation rates. We may take for granted that level of success is normal and easily attained. I assure you it is not, as even nearby districts strive to achieve such successful graduation rates! In reality it is a daunting task that needs constant vigilance and community support. The significance of graduation rates cannot be underestimated. A High School Diploma is a key milestone for future success - whether you are headed to a 2 year or 4 year college, Technical School, Military Service or straight into the workforce. A primary question on all these applications is do you have a High School Diploma or GED?
I say again Hudson Schools are a Hidden Treasure in the Cedar Valley!
Graduates listen up,this is for you and your ongoing Learner Performance Goals:
Through the collaboration and investment of not only the school team but your community as well, you have been given a great educational foundation for success. Please continue to build on that foundation as an Internal Assets Builder with personal growth and development in your sense of confidence, passion and purpose. Be a Critical Thinker so as not to be completely influenced by 30 second sound bites and constant social media feeds of partial truths. I challenge you to stay engaged with your community wherever you live and continue to be an informed Contributing Citizen. These goals can all be summed up with the 8th Key of Excellence:
Affirm your commitment to Success & Personal Development.
Today as you leave the stage remember that you ARE ready for the 21st Century, continue to Shine Bright as the Treasure of Hudson!
Congratulation Class of 2016!!