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Graduation time for celebration, not sorrow, says valedictorian

"Your future relies on you - what you do, how hard you try, and the sometimes-good sometimes-bad factor of luck," Gladwin told his fellow graduates. "But, if you try hard and fall on the bad side of the luck scale - and try not to think I'm being too cheesy or sentimental here - then just keep doing what you're doing. You're hopefully doing what you can, and you're bound to come upon some good luck eventually."

Senior speaker Zainab Afzal said the main thing to remember is that through the triumphs and the tragedies over the years, their class has been through it together.

"We've been able to do so much in the past four years, and all of that time has led us to this, to this day ... Our class has been so together for the past 12 years, and it's a strange feeling to think that we will now be separated," said Afzal. "However, I know that we'll share friendships and connections with each other forever. It's always sad and a bit frightening to move on from our comfort zone, but I'm sure that we are all excited to start this next chapter in our lives."

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