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Principal Hegarty's final commencement address



John Hegarty is the principal of Scecina Memorial High School. For the next school year, he will move on to a new position at Scecina, Vice President of Community Initiatives.  This is his final Commencement address as principal, given to the Class of 2017 on May 26, 2017.    

Congratulations! You have come to the end of one part of the journey we call life. You have succeeded in all areas of high school life and have left Scecina Memorial High School a better place. 

As many of you know, I love to travel. For years I would spend hours reading and remembering maps. Now I just get the phone or GPS and put in where I want to go and the directions pop up. Even though I have the GPS to keep me on the correct route, every once in a while (as my wife will be more than happy to tell you) I miss the turn or get on the wrong route. The GPS will then reroute you and get you back on track. Of course, the GPS will give you different choices and many of you will make different choices, but my hope is that eventually we all end up at the same place. 

I see your Catholic education here at Scecina as providing you with directions, acting as your GPS as you maneuver through life. You may go the wrong way on occasion, but the voice is there to lead you back if you follow it. I hope that we have also taught you that occasionally not listening to the GPS is OK too. Sometimes you have the best experience when you are not on the most-traveled route. 

My family and I were traveling in Italy a few years ago and we got lost on a back road. It was getting late. We thought, “This is the worst day.” Just then we saw this little bed-and-breakfast in the distance. I did not want to stay there, but I was overruled. To cut a long story short, we had a fantastic evening and a wonderful meal. In fact the best time of our vacation. The next day we got back on route and made it home safely. 

The point is, we have given you the directions to get home. It is ok to deviate, to try the back roads but always remember what you have been taught by your parents, in your elementary schools and here at Scecina and you will never truly be lost. I hope you all find your little Italian B and B in the cornfield many times in your lives. 

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