"We have spent four years waiting for this night," graduating senior Sonia Ibrahimkhail said in a speech to her fellow classmates. "But I think I can speak on behalf of this entire graduating class when I say that we are scared. Overwhelmed. Wishing it hadn't gone by so quickly."
But as (number) students of the 2011 class, clad in black caps and gowns, took to the bleachers at Carl Anderson Field for their commencement ceremony, speakers Ibrahimkhail and William Beare encouraged their fellow classmates to put aside concerns about what tomorrow may bring, at least for the night.
"Let's stop worrying about the future and how successful we want to be," Ibrahimkhail said. "Let's get carried away and caught up in this wonderful feeling of great achievement."
Beare, who co-wrote the speech with Ibrahimkhail, said that he wanted to deliver a speech that was positive, without sounding trite or naïve. Though he knows the world is in the midst of a particularly trying period, he believes that the education he received at Mountain View High School will give him the tools to tackle any challenge he comes across.
"I am incredibly grateful to go to a school like Mountain View High School," Beare said. "It was a great place to grow up and a great place to get a high school education."
That said, Beare says he does think about the state of the economy. "It's important for every high school graduate to be realistic about the world they are coming into," he said. "I feel fear as a person who is involved in the rest of the world." But, as far as his future is concerned, he feels secure.
Beare's positive outlook even extended to the gray clouds which hung over the graduation ceremony. With friends and family in the Pacific Northwest that he visits on a regular basis, and because of his appreciation of the mild temperatures often experienced in the Bay Area, Beare said he was almost glad that the sun didn't make an appearance, as it would have made his all-black wardrobe uncomfortable.
"It wasn't hot and annoying to be up there for two hours, so I liked it."