Commencement speaker, Dr. Millard D. “Pete” Stith, Jr., got straight to the point when he addressed the seniors during the Meadowbrook High School graduation ceremonies.
With his usual sense of humor, Stith left the graduates with several “bullets”, as he called them, to carry with them in the future. Opening with singing a line from the Temptation’s song “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.”
Dr. Marcus J. Newsome, superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools, the next speaker during Friday’s ceremonies said it best, that Stith just knew how to break it down.
Paraphrasing, Dr. Stith said, in order to live out your dreams you have got to wake up; take care of your health; college is not high school, make it your own; you are not going to meet your husband or wife during your first semester, give your hormones time to settle down; always keep a good sense of humor; give back twice what you receive from others; gentlemen - don’t be afraid to cry; take risks; ladies - you are just as good as he is; don’t be distracted by those who don’t want to do anything with themselves; when you are successful, come back to Meadowbrook; always be respectful of authority; hug your parents for their gift and guidance; and ending with a quote that Martin Luther King Jr. made in 1959 “Whatever career you may choose for yourself - doctor, lawyer, teacher - let me propose an avocation to be pursued along with it.
Become a dedicated fighter for civil rights.
Make it a central part of your life. It will make you a better doctor, a better lawyer, a better teacher.
It will enrich your spirit as nothing else possibly can. It will give you that rare sense of nobility that can only spring from love and selflessly helping your fellow man.
Make a career of humanity.
Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights.
You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in.”Sending greetings during the June 8 ceremony were James M. Holland, Chesterfield Board of Supervisors; and David S. Wyman, Chesterfield County School Board.
Salutatorian Leticia Ayala addressed her class with the metaphor of “Jumping into a pool” and starting reality, shifiting from high school to the real world. Valedictorian Christina Hamm spoke about how others preceive them and how they preceive themselves.
Hamm and Ayala received the Superintendents scholarship and Claudia Martinez was awarded the Faculty scholarship.