Valedictorian Speech – Champlain Regional College 2012
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.