From the Superintendent: Preparing for Graduation Day



Sunday's Celebration of Excellence recognizing seniors with the highest GPA at each school marked the beginning of our graduation season. In just a few short weeks we will see over 2,200 of our students walk across the stage -- each a testament to the commitment and expertise of you, our amazing staff. 

The Spokesman-Recorder recently asked me and other community members to write a message to African American high school graduates in the Twin Cities. I am sharing it with you today because I hope and believe it has resonance for ALL graduates.

Class of 2016,

The world needs you.

You may doubt my words at this moment. You may wonder if you have anything useful to share. You may feel insignificant, or someone may have told you not to expect much from life. But let me assure you: your life matters.

You are graduating at a time of great upheaval in the world and in our community. You have the potential to do something about it. The first step is to believe you can. The next step is to . . . take the next step.

Everything you have learned in the last 18 or so years of your life? Trust that it will be there when you need it. Whether you are going to college, starting a job, or continuing your search, don’t just settle. Aim high, and prepare yourself for the hard work of attaining your dreams.

The African American writer Ralph Ellison said, “Education is all a matter of building bridges.” Take that statement to heart, my young friends, because our world needs more bridges.

Use your education as a bridge to a better life. And consider sharing that life with people who are younger than you. Volunteer at your local community center or camp. Involve yourself in social activism and causes that matter to you. Become a Servant Leader Intern with CDF Freedom Schools. Volunteer in a school. Go to college and come back to us as a teacher, counselor, psychologist or coach.

The world needs you deeply. You have gifts and talents and life experience that nobody else in the history of time has had. Cultivate your talents. Take in everything you can. Use what you have and what you learn to build bridges.

Your life matters.


Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva