PMCT High School Vice President
Keynote at 2013 Mid-Year Graduation

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On Feb. 19, 2013, PMHS held its mid-year graduation ceremony with the keynote speaker being Ms. Alicia Connelly-Foster, PMCT High School Vice President. Below is a small excerpt of a most inspiring graduation speech.

Always try.  You may fall, but as long as you get up and try again, you are successful.  Never be afraid to ask for help.  Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of intelligence, courage and faith. It shows you are intelligent to know you need help and courageous enough to put your faith in another human being. Remember what led you to ask for help, and show kindness and charity to the person who asks you for help later on.  Compassion is a gift, not only to those with whom you share it with, but for yourself as well.

Forgive those that have hurt you.  Forgiveness does not mean you let them back into your life.  Often, they may not even be worthy of your forgiveness, but YOU are worthy of forgiving and letting go.

Be courageous and do the right thing.  When you do what is right, you will never lose a night’s sleep.  Stand up for a victim and they will remember you forever. 

Be a leader, not a follower.  It is better to stand alone than to follow a group that lacks common sense.

Make time for the people that love you and you love to be around.  Those that truly love you, will not judge you, nor will they not love you in spite of your mistakes and imperfections; rather they will love you BECAUSE of your mistakes and imperfections.

 Don’t go  looking for a job that will make you rich, look for a career that will make you happy and you will be wealthier than you could have ever imagined.  It is better to go to work happy every day, than to be miserable making a lot of money.  The only way to truly create great work,  is to do a job you love.

Don’t worry about the kind of car you drive, just fill the car with your friends, go on a road trip and make memories that will last a life time. 

Do not be concerned whether or not you live in the smallest or largest house in your neighborhood.   Instead, fill it with love and laughter and make it a home.

In the words of Nipun Mehta- the founder of ServiceSpace  (formerly Charity Focus), an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy "We have forgotten how to value things that come without a price tag. Hence, when we get to our most abundant and important gifts -- like attention, insight, and compassion – we often misunderstand their worth because they are actually priceless.”

The entire membership of the PMCT offers its congratulations to the PMHS midyear Class of 2013 and to Ms. Connelly-Foster for a most thought provoking, inspiring and encouraging keynote address.

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