Vale­dic­to­rian Speech – Cham­plain Re­gional Col­lege 2012

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

In­life, noth­ing is given. In order to pur­sue our goals and re­al­ize our dreams, we must face the chal­lenges and over­come the ob­sta­cles put forth to us. We must pre­pare our­selves in the best way pos­si­ble to break that bar­rier sep­a­rat­ing us from success. As John Wooden once said, “Fail­ure to pre­pare is pre­par­ing to fail.”

Good evening teach­ers, staff mem­bers, par­ents, fam­ily mem­bers, spe­cial guests, and fel­low grad­u­ates class of 2012. It is an honor for me to stand here on be­half of my fel­low class­mates and friends. Tonight, we im­mor- tal­ize an im­por­tant steppingstone in our lives at Cham­plain Re­gional Col­lege. For the past 2 or 3 years, we have braved through our first post-sec­ondary years and have suc­cess­fully pre­pared our­selves to take on new chal­lenges in the decades to come.

Upon writ­ing this speech, I asked my­self this sim­ple ques­tion, “What is cégep?” And let me tell you, my an­swer today as for many of us, is far dif­fer­ent from the one two years ago. When en­ter­ing Cham­plain Col­lege, my un­der­stand­ing of cégep was sim­ple and some­what triv­ial. I would tell my­self, ah, it is only a manda­tory pas­sage in the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. And so, I

Cham­plain vale­dic­to­rian Pa­trick Wang (cen­tre) is seen here with Christian Corno, the former Direc­tor of Stud­ies (left) and Col­lege Direc­tor Paul Kaeser.

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