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Greetings: Phillip Hoban

Greetings: Phillip Hoban, President of the Senior Class Council

Phillip Hoban,
President of the Senior Class Council

Good Morning.

I thought the best way to grab your attention was to tell a story about my childhood. When I was growing up, I had the sweetest Big Wheel on the block. I used to ride up and down my driveway, screaming at the top of my lungs, “I Have the Power”. Come on guys, you have to know what that’s from. Heman and the rest of the masters of the universe protected Castle Grayskull from villains such as Skeletor. Heman gained his superhero powers from his magical sword which protected him from evil.

Now I’m sure that many of you are wondering what I’m doing standing up here talking about a mediocre cartoon from the 80’s. The degree that you’ll receive today, is much like Heman’s magical sword. The past four or so years have armed us to be society’s superheroes. We are Americas’ Elite. Our experiences in the classroom have prepared us for the next adventure of our lives. The interactions we’ve had outside the classroom are also a very important part of the learning experience. These are the things that happened while living in the dorms, walking on the sidewalks around campus, and yes, even downtown. We’ve all made mistakes, both in and out of the classroom, and we’ve all learned from these mistakes. These experiences have made us the people that we are today. We are now ready to go into the work force, travel the world, go on to grad school, start a family, or even become a ski bum in California. Mom, I promise, it’s only temporary.

As a young boy, I spent a great deal of time with my grandfather. He was my best friend, and one of the most caring and genuine people you’d ever meet. Every year on my birthday, my grandfather would give me a journal that he’d written up throughout the year with quirky things I may have done. At the end of each one, he would leave me a message with a piece of advice. On my third birthday, he talked about my obsession with Heman, and how my toys that “have the power” were very unusual. My grandfather then gave me a piece of advice that I would like to share with all of you. I think it’s very fitting for our new superhero status and the new adventures in life we are about to embark on. He wrote: “Phillip, you ‘have the power’. Use it well. Don’t try to ‘move mountains’. Do the right things, and you’ll always ‘move men’.”

Thank you, and congratulations to all of my fellow classmates, and good luck.

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