Senator Luján delivers opening speech at PVHS


From the office of US Senator Ben Ray Luján:

SANTA FE — Today, U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) returned to his alma mater, Pojoaque Valley High School, to address the class of 2022 at their graduation ceremony.

An excerpt from the senator’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

As a proud New Mexican, I was raised to believe that we are a strong, resilient people capable of meeting any challenge. And I believe you are a shining example of those values.

Look around you – the faces of your loved ones, friends and neighbours. If there’s one thing that separates you from other promotions across the country, it’s those faces, that community.

I’m speaking to you as a United States senator, who sat in those same seats where you sit. And I can tell you that I am able to serve New Mexico as a senator only because of the support of this community.

I would like to quote a poem called “Summer Day” by the late Mary Oliver, an award-winning poet whose work has explored what it means to be human.

The poem reads: “Tell me, what do you intend to do with your only wild and precious life?”

So, graduates, I’m going to ask you the same question: what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

You may not know that. Your future stretches so far that you might find it hard to see where the road leads. As you sit here, with your friends and family watching proudly, you may have no idea where you are headed. But I can promise you this: your wild and precious lives will be full of challenges and triumphs, setbacks and joy. In good times and bad, to your family and friends, you are precious. You are loved.

Let the love of this community be your strength as you head into the future.

Your best days await.

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