A Good Evening speech from Jonathan Habeeb-Ullah:
I am very happy to stand here before all of you this evening. Just a couple of years ago, I never could have imagined this moment, that I, Jonathan Habeeb-Ullah, a student here at South Seattle Community College would be giving a special occasion speech like this one.
To those of you that have achieved your dreams, and to those of you that are going on even farther to achieve your goals, as well as those of you around us that have inspired us to make it here today.
This truly is a day to remember, a day of achievement, a day of fulfillment, and completion of fulfilling our dreams.
I take great honor in being here, to have the chance in speaking to you before you take that second step to a four year University, or on your way to your career, coming that much closer to completing your goals.
Through out the hard times of struggle and sacrifice of being a student and giving until there’s nothing left.
This is a day of honor, for all of you, for never giving up on your dreams. As you leave here tonight and think back on this place remember the experiences that you have gained, and the people’s lives that you’ve touched along the way.
Through out your lives you have become something more than a graduate.
You have become role models to those around you.
You have been given the ability to up lift the spirits of those around you who didn’t think it was possible to make it; you are the impossible made possible…
It takes courage to turn the word "no" into "yes", to turn "I can't" into "I can". There are no stops on this ride until we reach the end of the line together.
It is that determination that helps us students with the struggle, the sacrifice, and the commitment to be in college, to stay in college and to make our dreams come true. This is a blessing.
Webster’s Dictionary defines determination as:
“A fixed movement or tendency toward an object or an end.”
The dreams that we hold in our hearts is the object that is the visions of our destinations, our ends with no boundaries, our goals that are driven by determination.
Sometimes life is the best teacher in order for us to focus through the darkest times of life’s trials and tribulations.
We are blessed when those helping hands that are around us are there to let us know that it is possible to succeed, and to turn a negative into a positive.
With the helping hands of those around us and our determination, we have been shown that there is light; there is a future.
I dedicate this speech to those of you who have given us students this chance of being here today.
I dedicate this speech to those students who have learned from life’s experiences that there is a better way.
To these students I say congratulations and to those of you who have made our dreams possible I say thank you.