By the end of this week Tooele County School District will have graduated 1,031 seniors — not including the graduates from Adult Education and the school district’s Digital Education Center.
The school district has become very proficient at producing graduates. While the 2023 official graduation statistics aren’t written yet — some seniors have a little more time to finish that last credit to be included in the class of 2023 — the 2022 numbers tell us the TCSD combined graduation rate was 94%, ahead of the statewide 88%.
Our graduates are commended for their hard work, stick-to-it-ness, and determination that have brought them to this point as they sit at the precipice of their future and possibly ours, as some of us will live to see the world they create. But remember to look behind you graduate, you did not get where you are by yourself. Remember those that helped you and pay it forward, give a helping hand. There are lots of questions about your future and the world’s future.
Will social media continue to evolve and rewrite our social norms or will it eventually collapse and the world will experience a retrograde revolution to a simpler time? Where will artificial intelligence take us, or will we harness it first and control where it goes? Or just simply in a world that seems to be devolving into bitter division and angry public discourse, can a peaceful and respectful coexistence be found or must the opposition be annihilated in a strictly Machievllian way?
Remember graduates, keep your dreams and someday you will make them come true.
As Blue Peak High School Principal Kendall Topham told his 2023 graduates, may you all “throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, catch the trade winds in your sail — explore, create and discover.”