Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Dear community member,

It has been my distinct privilege to speak at commencement ceremonies this week as we celebrate the Class of 2024. Graduations are not just the culmination of the school year, they’re a direct result of years of perseverance and dedication.

This is especially true for the Class of 2024. In the spring of 2020, this class was just finishing eighth grade when the pandemic abruptly changed our lives. They began high school in an online environment, facing unprecedented change. Despite these obstacles, our students demonstrated remarkable determination and adaptability, supported by the love of families, teachers and friends.

As I’ve been sharing at commencements this week, I have three pieces of advice for graduates as they set out into college and careers.

First, dare to dream. Dreams help define your destination. You will encounter voices of doubt along the way, but do not let them deter you. Instead, use those doubts as fuel to prove them wrong.

Second, work hard. There are no shortcuts to meaningful success. The perseverance and dedication you have shown in reaching this milestone are the very qualities that will propel you forward. Hard work is the engine that drives your aspirations into reality.

Lastly, be kind. Kindness is essential in navigating the challenges of life. It sustains us and makes even the toughest moments bearable. In a world that can sometimes feel overwhelming, acts of kindness are like breaths of fresh air, reminding us of the beauty of human connection.

Graduates, you are the hope and pride of our school community. You are our inspiration and “why” for our work in public education. You have earned this moment, and we are immensely proud of all you have accomplished, and all that you have yet to achieve. Dream boldly, work diligently, and always lead with kindness, and there is nothing beyond your reach.

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Yours in education and equity,
Dr. Faris Sabbah
County Superintendent of Schools