Faculty, clergy, parents and family members, but most of all, to the class of 2010, I am humbled and honored to have been asked to speak to you this evening.
Four years have passed , in the blink of an eye. So many of you are sitting here wondering, “Where has the time gone?” It seems like yesterday that you were being dropped off, riding the bus, or walking to Paris High School for the first time. After being the “top dogs” of your respective junior high schools, you were again faced with being bottom feeders in the fish bowl.
Well, here we are four years later, and while the time may have passed in the blink of an eye, history repeats itself. Those same family members that saw you off on your first day, are here to support you, on one of your last. Those “enemies from the other school” that you passed in the hallways have now morphed into lifelong friends.  
Many of you have expressed extreme anxiety about what awaits you as you venture in to the” real world”. High school is a bubble. You are insulated. All of this changes after Friday, especially for those of you who are continuing your education. For those entering the job market, the “real world” can be scary right now. Good paying jobs are scarce, but I hope that those of you who have to hustle to find a job will recognize that there is dignity in honest work.
And so I return to the motto that many of you have heard me expound over these four years. Live Life, Clean House, Help Others.
You must live your life as if every day is you last. Don’t worry about amassing a great deal of wealth, be rich in the things that matter, the love and respect of your family, colleagues, and friends. Try to leave this world a better place than you found it, and never forget that there are no prizes awarded to the richest person in a cemetery. All the money in the world is worth very little if you are not passionate about what you are doing, and if you have no one to love and no one who loves you.