Graduation Speech 2021 From Mayor Sefatia

Good afternoon CLASS OF 2021
I want to say thank you to all of your parents, care givers, relatives
and mentors who helped you through you Gloucester public school life.
Most of all, to all of your teachers, I offer my thanks to you for
helping this class reach their milestone in life — Graduation.
In addition to the recent pandemic, your class has also witnessed a
year of historic social change all across America and the world.
People are working to promote equality and justice for ALL people.
Over the last several years we have seen our society polarized by an
atmosphere of unfounded fear and lack of respect and understanding of
people’s differences.
Here at Gloucester High School, the administration, teachers and
school committee members have always created an atmosphere of growth,
trust and understanding.
This School understands that every individual is different and is
focused on respecting those differences while creating young adults to
lead — in Diversity, equity and inclusion. This was not forced on
students, you yourselves took the reins and showed the rest through
peaceful demonstrations, marches and commitment to make change against
bias, institutional racism and gender equality.
As you enter this next part of your life, with its higher learning,
working or just taking a break to travel and explore, you’ve got to
find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your
life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe
is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you
do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with
all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
This is your time and it feels normal to you but really there is no
normal. There’s only change, and resistance to it and then more
“You have to go through life with more than just a plan, you need
passion for change; you need a strategy, and then a plan. I want you
to have passion because trust me, passion gives us the drive.
“You and you alone are the only person now… who can live the life,
write the plan for you. Your education in the Gloucester Schools gave
you the guidance and the beginning of your future, now it’s up to you
to go forward and make it happen.
Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and
particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and help you to
define who you are.
I was completely unprepared, when I became the Interim Mayor but my
own ignorance to my own limitations looked like confidence and got me
into the Mayor’s chair. Once there, I had to figure it all out, and my
belief that I could handle these things, contrary to all evidence of
my ability to do so, was half the battle. The other half was very hard
work, especially always coming to the unknowing like this pandemic,
the people in this community and the support of a team made this
experience the deepest and most meaningful one of my career.”
“Be the hero of your life, not the victim.” Help this country by
helping others not be victims of injustice.
Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”
Here I took a few minutes to talk about my friend Representative Ann
Margaret Ferrante
As we know she would love to be here unfortunately she dealing with
the C word, no one wants the call you have cancer( she’s doing great
and thanks everyone for all the prayers.) She’s a daughter of a
fisherman, Sicilian family, inner city kid.. She wanted you to know
never give up.
Words from Mother Teresa
​People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful
friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be
honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy
overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give
your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and yourself. It
was never between you and them anyway.
Class of 2021 Dream Big, live Life, never give up.
Congratulations !!!

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