An Independent School • Grades 5-12

by Helen Haley and Matthew Dobmeier, members of the Class of 2018

Following is an excerpt from the speech by Helen Haley and Matthew Dobmeier, who were chosen by their classmates to speak at Commencement 2018.

Helen: ...It’s no coincidence that you nominated the two class clowns to speak at graduation. Our strongest quality is that we never take ourselves too seriously…This is how our class has learned not only to survive Lakeside, but to thrive here: No matter how hard the math test, no matter how disappointing the school dance, no matter how wild the last four years have been, we have banded together, we have kept our cool, and we have made some dank memes out of them.

Matthew: Our teachers may not appreciate when we’re goofing off in class, but our ability to “keep calm and carry on” will definitely serve us later in life. Stephen Hawking said it best: “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

Helen: As we embark on this next step of our journey to adulthood, I hope and pray that none of us will actually mature into adults, that none of us will lose the ability to find the humor in every little thing that happens to us, and that none of us will take ourselves too seriously.

Matthew: You all have taught me so much about how I should live the rest of my life. I’ve learned to be understanding, kind, and, most of all I’ve learned that technological difficulty is always a good excuse if your teacher is old. But, humor aside, we’re hardworking, we take care of each other, and we’re ready to apply what we’ve learned to the world beyond Lakeside. It kills me to admit this, but on second thought, I guess the administration is right about our grade.

Helen: …Our class never backs down in the face of a challenge. Take, for instance, when the senior leaders were tasked with running the sophomore retreat … working as a team with the rest of the seniors and seeing this work pay off throughout the day made it worth it in the end.

Matthew: Graduation is definitely bittersweet: It’s a sad thing that we’re leaving this school and all of your familiar faces. That at the end of this ceremony, we will all go home and never gather together again… But we, the Class of 2018, will always be bound together by our time here at Lakeside. And who knows? It’s possible our paths may cross again in ways or places we’d never expect. Either way, I will never forget the lessons I’ve learned from all of you, and I hope you all feel the same.

Helen: To close, Class of 2018, it’s been a groovy four years… I couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated, compassionate group of people to graduate alongside, and I can’t wait to see where life takes us next… Class of ’18, we love you, congratulations, and stay groovy.