The Class of 2021 has had one of the most unique experiences of any class in the history of Jenison Public Schools. These students stood very tall in the face of a 15-month international pandemic and navigated all of the obstacles that threatened to stand in the way of completing their senior year of high school. Their flexible mindset allowed them to adapt, alter, modify, tweak, and still make things happen within the changing regulations that governed us this year. They finished strong and it was such an honor to be with them last week – in person, celebrating with a relatively ‘normal’ commencement ceremony.
While he addressed the graduating class, Dr. Brandon Graham, Principal of Jenison Public High School shared a quote by Bob Goff; “Embrace uncertainty, some of the most beautiful chapters in your life won’t have a title until much later.” I love this quote and I want to encourage our graduates (as well as all Jenison students and family members who have lived through this time) that even though we may not realize it today, the moments of uncertainty these last 15 months have created something in us.
For our Jenison 2021 graduates, it has strengthened their character, honed their creativity and broadened their perspectives. I believe they will come to know just how much their hard work of relentless flexibility and perseverance this year has played a role in their lives as they move onto the next chapter of their lives. There is no doubt in my mind that each of our graduates has a very bright future ahead of them.