“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Cabarrus County Schools Superintendent Chris Lowder told about 2,500 members of the Class of 2019 that it was “Closing Time” this weekend during the eight graduation ceremonies held at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.
“Each year around this time I start thinking about graduation and what I’m going to say for my remarks. My major challenge is how to get a group of 17-18 year-olds who are nervous and uncomfortable to listen to a 50-year-old man in a dress speak for a few minutes and hopefully remember a line or two,” Lowder told the graduates. “The people around me know I am constantly searching for the right topic. This year, I spoke to our principals at a principal’s meeting and when I was finished one of the principals came up and said ‘I think you just got your idea for your graduation speech’ and after thinking about it, I decided they were right.”
During that meeting, Lowder said he spoke about new beginnings and how they impact people in different ways. He told the principals about the song “Closing Time” by a band called Semisonic that was released in 2003.
The lyrics are about a night club closing at the end of the night. The first line of the song says “Closing time. Open all the doors and let you out into the world.” And then the line that Lowder said captured his attention throughout the song, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
“What I think the song does so well is explore how it is exactly these beginnings and endings that make life so interesting and worth living and how they mean different things to different people when they occur,” Lowder told graduates.
The reason he thought the song was so relevant to graduation is because the commencement signifies the end of high school careers; the end of 13 years of education.
“For some of you the end is scary because it will be very different and for others of you, the end is thrilling because it will be so different. At the same time you are having these endings, you are also having many new beginnings,” Lowder said. “For all of you, today’s end is a new beginning as you walk out of this arena as high school graduates and you begin your life as newly independent adults. You see every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
At the end of his speech, Lowder urged members of the Class of 2019 to walk out of the arena with their diplomas in hand and with hope about the possibilities and new beginnings.
“And so Class of 2019, it is closing time and as the song says, it’s time to open all the doors and let you out into the world. As you walk through those doors know that we all love you and we are very proud of you. We can’t wait to see all the things you can do and we can’t wait to celebrate you and all of your new beginnings,” Lowder said. “As you walk on that journey that will be filled with some beginnings and some endings, never forget that your loved ones are right there to hold your hand if you need them and that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”