Your Majesty King Abdullah II, Your Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, esteemed guests, parents, faculty, staff and the graduating Class of 2012.
It was once said that the journey of a thousand miles begins but with one step. We are here today to celebrate our last steps as students of King’s Academy, our first as explorers of the world.
I still remember my first day at King’s, looking out and wondering what it was going to be like for me. As a matter of fact, we all did. We all came in with that sense of excitement and anticipation but also with fear. We were worried about not fitting in, not reaching expectations or not doing well - but fell, stumbled and ended up steady on our feet earning the right to stand before you all today.
Today we leave with questions in mind about life, about what that will be like. Will we make it there? Beyond these gates with faces other than the ones we have gotten so used to, I face these questions with a certainty that allows me to tell you all we can and we will because we have had many sleepless nights, many lectures from Dr. Austin, many talks with Mr. Chris, many essays for Mr. John and sometimes more than 140 questions of calculus for Ms. Dragana. Today our ambitions, dreams and that someday we hoped for all begin.
Although I might not know the answers to many of my questions, what I do know is that we will miss Mr. Jazi’s red card, we will miss Mr. Majid’s grace before every lunch, the way it was always hilarious for us to give the bus attendant a false name, the way the deans would find out that we are planning a prank even before we decide on what to do, the way we always yelled Mr. Chris’s name when he entered a room. And I also know that today is the worlds’ luckiest because my class, the Class of 2012, will continue a journey we started together leaving footprints of change on roads some familiar and some yet to be discovered.