Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Written by Croix Laconsay, Marist College ’16


Dear Class of 2019,

Congratulations on your decision to take the next step in your education! This is an exciting time in today’s era to be a college student; so you should be looking forward to all the experiences you’ll be having and all of the people that you will meet along the way.

I know it was a big decision to attend college, especially if you are considering a college far away from home. As a student from Hawaii going to school in New York, I wanted to personally commend you for your courage. You may face some challenges, but ultimately, you will eventually realize the precious rewards that come with stepping out of your comfort zone. I know that on graduation day, you will look back at how much you have grown and thank yourself.

Wherever you are, and wherever you are off to, I want to congratulate you again as we celebrate National Signing Day. Remember, making the decision to take this step is a huge achievement in and of itself. So relax, you have made it, and as Dr. Seuss once said,

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!



The #ReachHigher initiative is the First Lady‘s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. Learn More ->

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