D.K. Foreman – Personal Blog

Open Letter to the Class of 2016

by on May.31, 2016, under 2016 Year

Class of 2016 - Congrautlations

Class of 2016 – Congrautlations

To the class of 2016:

First of all, let me say to you congratulations to each and every one of you. I know that you have finally reached that finish line at the destination of your educational career path that you have earnestly worked hard for so many years to achieve to. Not only are you very proud and celebrating this great milestone in your lives, but your parents and close family members and friends are celebrating this moment with you.

I guess the question that most of you would ask me is “why are you penning an open letter to the class of 2016?” The reason that I chose you, the class of 2016, is because about 20 years ago in high school, I was in your shoes. From reliving the moment of purchasing a class ring my junior year of high school to getting fit for the graduation cap and gown of the colors that the senior class had chosen at the time. That last time that I spent together as a class group was priceless and a wonderful experience.

For some of you in the class of 2016, you have faced challenges and adversities even up to the final day that you leave the educational intuition centers behind heading into college or the real world. Some of you either by the upper leadership of the school board officials or the school staff was denied access to even march with your classmates on that day of the graduation ceremonies. You were denied by reasons that I personally believe in my own heart “Made no sense whatsoever”. Some have fought the evils of the hindrance and have won victorious. Some are still fighting on the battlefield not to be judged simply because they choose to wear a beard, wear their military uniform, or a kente cloth.

To, Brother. Nyree Holmes, Brother. Andrew Jones, Marine Pvt. Megan Howerton, and Sister Liseanne Yazzie, I want you all to know that I have read the stories and I stand in support of what you have done. I know the adversities and challenges that each one of you face because it was also 20 years ago that I faced similar challenges and adversities from my own high school Assistant Principal, Principal and staff officials. Yet by the grace of God, I was able to endure and hold on to the very end. While you are fighting on the battlefield to protect your self-worth and dignity always remember to forgive those brought on the accusations and the naysayers.

Lastly, to the graduating class of 2016, I leave you with words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

For 18 years, God gave our parents wisdom, and understanding to help mold and shape you into the future leaders you are destined to become. To Marine Pvt. Megan Howerton, my best wishes for you in your military career. I know that you will do your very best to serve protect and defend our country, to you and to your family I send my best of blessings. To Sister Liseanne Yazzie, I pray that you have great success in all of your future endeavors and I pray blessings over you and your family. To Brothers Andrew Jones, and Nyree Holmes, continue to stay strong in the Lord brothers. In the face of what is happening in America with the police brutality, black lives matter, etc, I pray that you will be blessed abundantly in your careers and studies so that in the words of Joseph, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

So Class of 2016, go forth into the world, succeeding in the Lords plans and in his purpose.

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