Congratulations Class of 2018!
It is truly an honor to have been your principal the last three years. Together we have worked hard to bring the best of ourselves to Lehman High School. Every step of the way, you have made me a better principal!
Your graduation is a testament to your dedication and resilience, but it should also serve as a reminder of those family members, friends, teachers and counselors who have stood by your side and supported you throughout the past thirteen years of school. They believed in you, pushed you forward, and made sure to always pick you up when you thought you might stumble and fall.
Go now and begin the next part of your journey, which will most certainly be difficult. Each obstacle should be viewed and handled with patience, logic and perseverance. From this you will begin to accumulate wisdom and use it to move forward. You just might want to consider how you can use this same wisdom to help others and change the world in which we live.
On your journey you will also need to make time for reflection and silence. It is becoming harder and harder to do so today. The Norwegian writer Erling Kagge discusses the importance of learning how to find silence in the world and use it to make you happier and more open to life experiences. In his book, Silence in the Age of Noise, he writes:
"Learning this took time. Only when I understood that I had a primal need for silence was I able to begin my search for it–and there, deep beneath a cacophony of traffic noise and thoughts, music and machinery, iPhones and snow ploughs, it lay in wait for me. Silence."
In short, make time and space for silence each day so that your mind and spirit can recharge and renew themselves for all that will be required of you every day.
P.S. We urge all of you to come back and visit Lehman High School and to share your new experiences with our community. If you are interested in visiting us and perhaps discussing your transition to college with current Lehman students, or to join us on an exciting school trip like the one sophomores and juniors recently took to the Signature Theatre, be sure to contact Ms. Forgione at 718-904-4200 / Ext. 1691. Additionally, please be sure to visit our new website at Lehmanhs.com and follow us @Lehmanhs on Facebook and Instagram beginning this coming September.