Family, friends and faculty gathered to celebrate the commencement of the Jamesville-DeWitt Class of 2012 Sunday at the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
A total of 209 students crossed the stage at 1:30 p.m. June 23 after a viewing of the senior class slideshow and remarks from several of their peers.
As pointed out by Jamesville-DeWitt Superintendent Alice Kendrick during her remarks, the graduating seniors decided to depart from the traditional commencement guest speaker and allow three of their peers, Erik Davis, Aishwarya Masrani and Samuel Wormuth, to share the honor of addressing the Class of 2012.
The three addresses varied in tone and subject, but all were successful in conveying an enthusiastic optimism for the graduates’ future.
“Excellence is average,” Masrani said of her classmates in her remarks. This was no exaggeration. Nearly half of the Jamesville-DeWitt Class of 2012 graduated with Honors, meaning their cumulative average exceeded 90 points out of 100.
Masrani thanked her parents, teachers and finally Google for helping her to achieve academically. She also said of her class, “We are not the future of this world, we are the present.”
“I, Sam Wormuth, am the Lego guy” is how Wormuth opened his remarks. He went on to compare the Class of 2012 to a set of Legos. The individuals in the class, like Lego pieces, were different, but together they formed something great and unique.
Erik Davis sought inspiration for his remarks in the work of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. One thing Davis learned from Montaigne is to embrace uncertainty. “Never think that you know it all,” Davis said to his classmates. He pointed out that although some of the members of the Class of 2012 are certain of their futures, others are not. Davis assured his classmates that uncertainty is to be encouraged and embraced.