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Lynch imparts wisdom to Pittsburg graduates

June 23, 2010
PITTSBURG — Hundreds turned out last Friday night to send 11 Pittsburg School seniors out into the world.

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch was the commencement speaker at the graduation ceremony, invoking wisdom imparted on Peter Parker.

"It is customary for a speaker who is delivering a commencement address to delve into the world of literature or philosophy in an attempt to find a profound quote," Lynch told the class. "Well, I, too, have a quote which I feel is quite profound. 'With great power comes great responsibility.'"

The quote comes from the immortal words uttered by Uncle Ben to Peter Parker, better known as Spider Man, and it drew a chuckle from the audience.

"All of you graduating today will have the opportunity, the great power, to change the world and to make a positive impact on the lives of countless others," Lynch said. "It is up to you to use this great power and exercise the responsibility that comes with it. You all have the power to achieve great things."

The 11-member class of 2010 unanimously voted to invite Lynch to be its commencement speaker earlier this year and he is first sitting governor to speak at a graduation since then-Gov. Walter Peterson spoke at the 1970 graduation.

Ashley Desrochers started her salutatory speech by taking a picture and using the analogy of capturing life's moments to see what will develop in life.

"If there is one thing I have learned over the years, it is to live life as if each day were your last and take tons of pictures along the way," she said. "Tonight my classmates and I are very much like an old-time photograph. Our pictures have been taken, our images have been recorded, but now we have to wait a while to see how we develop. I'm sure the picture will be worth talking about. Afterall, a picture is worth a thousand words."

In his valedictory address, Marcus Chase began by clicking a stopwatch to illustrate the passage of time and how all the seconds of his life had come to end of one moment and teeters on the next.

"I have spent almost 59 million seconds with these kids," he said. "These kids are my classmates, my family. We have grown up together, shared all our childhood memories, but most of all, we have helped each other become the people we are today. And I must say, we did a fine job. We may go our separate ways, but we will cherish the memories we've had with each other."

He then asked those friends, those classmates, to make a promise.

"Before we go, let's make a vow, that in 315 million seconds, we will reconvene for our 10-year reunion aboard the Carnival Pride," he said, referring to the class trip aboard a cruise ship over the April vacation.

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