WELCOME...Ladies and Gentlemen, BSCS Families and Friends...
This is Superintendent Gloria Rubis! Sound Familiar?!
Thank you for attending the fiftieth commencement exercises for
BHS, but more importantly thank you for the support and
encouragement you have given these graduates during their PreK-12 career.
No one gets here on their own...so graduates, look
towards your families and applaud them for being here, there and
everywhere for you.
Also, it is an honor, and my pleasure, to recognize the graduates
of the Class of 1964, first graduating class of BHS. Thank you
for joining us this evening.
This is such a joyous occasion! As you look around there are
smiles and proud expressions on the faces of all who are here.
Yet, we live in a world that when you flip on the TV, radio and/or
Internet news, there is no shortage of negative, sad news locally
and globally being reported. And, one of the most recent
unfortunate events was the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Now, you are probably thinking...Ms. Rubis, why are you bringing up
this horrible happening today when we are all so happy?!
Well, let me continue and you will see where I am going with this...
The morning after the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, I
was tuned in to the news channels. I became interested at how
the broadcasters were sharing the reactions of those people who
were actually at the Boston Marathon. It was reported that some
ran from the scene. Some ran towards the scene to help victims.
Some, including some of the runners/athletes who had just
completed the 26.2 mile race, continued running to the nearest
hospital to donate blood. My question, for you to reflect upon,
is...what would you do if you were present at such an incident?
There is a popular television show titled, %u201CWhat Would You Do?%u201D
narrated by John Quinones. During the show, actors set up a
potentially controversial scenario in a public place with hidden
cameras. These hidden cameras take video of how individuals
react in certain situations. For example, if you were in a grocery
store and observed a mother speaking harshly to her
children...what would you do? It is often easy to know how you
would feel...but it is hard to know how you would react. However,
our actions define us. As a young adult, which you all are, every
choice you make, whether the choices are public or private, will
define your character in some way. Every choice has
consequences, whether big or small, good or bad. And from here
on, you will be faced with choices...and consequences. There will
be fewer reminders by parents...no more whistles by referees and
umpires...no more discipline referrals by teachers...no more RTP.
So, as you walk out the doors of Bridgeport High School for the
final time, I encourage you to remember what you learned when
you walked through the doors of Thomas White or Brucker or
Schrah/Schluckbier Elementary for the first time...and that is your character defines you and character counts!
The class of 2013 is small in comparison by number to some other
graduating classes; yet, I am inspired by each and every one of
you and the challenges you have already met! And, I tell you that
everyday of your life, you will be faced with more situations that
will require you to solve problems and answer the question, %u201CWhat
would I do?%u201D Cherish the joyous moments and do not let the
difficulties that you face define you. Instead, face them and
respond with positive character.
Ladies and Gentlemen, inside or out, rain or shine...today is a
celebration! Best of luck to each and every one of you...remember
that you are always welcome in my office and in BSCS. It has
been a pleasure sharing the past four years with you and I hope
we can create more Bearcat memories in the future...
portions of this address are taken from Owosso Public Schools Supt., Dr. Andrea Tuttle,
as published in the TROJAN TIMES, 04-21-13
It is my honor to welcome the graduates
of Bridgeport High School,
Class of 1964
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us in
the celebration of 13 years of hard work we call commencement...
50 years...1964...let's take a little trip down Memory Lane...
When you graduated you sent letters in the mail for just $.05...
Class of 2013 - no email, no text, no twitter!
When you graduated, you could call your friends from a pay phone
Class of 2013 %u2013 no cell phones! And what is a pay phone?
When you graduated, you could fill your car, a twenty gallon tank,
for $5.00. That would be $.25/gallon. By the way, the
Chevrolet 'Chevelle', the Pontiac GTO, and the Ford Mustang were
introduced %u2013 Base price of all three was in the $2,000s!
'Baby Love' by the Supremes and 'Can't Buy Me' Love by the
Beatles were two of the top singles...
Class of 2013...You had to buy them as a vinyl record, called a
'45, not download them to your iPod!
The President was Lyndon B. Johnson...
The US began bombing North Vietnam...
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace prize.
I never get tired of taking walks down Memory Lane. It is so
interesting to me. Class of 1964 and Class of 2013, no need to
do your research using an encyclopedia anymore...just Google the
cost of living in whatever year you would like to learn about!
Once again, as a representative of the entire school community, I
welcome the Class of 1964!