Valedictory Address, 1994
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Education Schmidt, Principal Fenderson, Faculty, Parents, Family, Honored Guests, and Graduates:
All this week my mom and my dad, along with Mrs. Trotter and Mrs. Ali, have been telling me to finish my speech, and as I walked down the aisle, I came to a startling conclusion: being the great procrastinator, I still need to write my speech, preferably soon. But being rather poor at public speaking, and having so little time, I decided to collect suggestions from my friends, which they scribbled on little scraps of paper and handed to me. The first paper that I was handed said “write a speech on music.” And so I did.
Music is the international medium through which all facets of life can be explained. This music throughout the ages can be used to explain what happened over these past four years like no other medium can. And anything that can explain the complexities of life must be something very special indeed. As we remember and attempt to understand these past four years-it’s all in the music.
During our eighth grade year all of the high schools came out to us and said Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be, as a friend. And so all of us came, to Louisville Central High School, where we realized a whole new world.
Four hundred of us wild eyed freshmen came to a place where_big shot_ seniors generally accepted the fact that we were Young, Dumb, and Ugly and we shouted such phrases as we don’t need no education.
Sophomore year continued much the same way with the seniors shouting Beat It and the cafeteria workers crying Eat It. Later we were entuned to the fact that we’ve got to get out of this place if it’s the last thing we ever do. In the words of the late great Jim Morrison I woke up this morning and went to school. Yes we had discovered other people and true love. Many people learned how to bust a move and give it away, and the phrase people are still having sex became a buzz word.
Junior year was a hard year for relationships and many people cried I want my baby back, gotta have my baby back, I miss her oh so much, can’t live without her touch. As the year wore on we said another one bites the dust as the droput rate continued to rise. In the still of the night we reflected that next year we would be seniors and could truly say that we are the champions.
As seniors we realized that we were reaching the point of no return and we asked ourselves is this the end? As the year flew by senior year was truly one moment in time. And looking back, it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday, because it seems as if this is the end of the road. We didn’t start the fire that burns within us, beckoning us to stay. We didn’t light, but we’re trying to fight it because this is the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end. Our graduation from Louisville Central High School. It’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end of the world as we know it, it’s the end of the world as we know it, …and I feel fine. Thank you.
- Nirvana – “Come as you are”
- Walt Disney’s Aladdin – “A Whole New World”
- Billy Joel – “Big Shot”
- “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Young, Dumb and Ugly”
- Pink Floyd – “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2”
- Michael Jackson – “Beat It”
- “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Eat It”
- Animals – “We’ve got to get out of this place”
- The Doors – “Roadhouse Blues”
- Young M.C. – “Bust A Move”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away”
- Latour – “People are Still Having Sex”
- Jimmy Cross – “I Want My Baby Back”
- Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”
- Five Satins – “In the still of the Night”
- Queen – “We Are the Champions”
- Phantom of the Opera – “Point of No Return”
- Whitney Houston – “One Moment in Time”
- Boyz II Men – “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”
- Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”
- Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
- The Doors – “The End”
- R.E.M. – “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”