The Grand Island High School Class of 2012 heard Sunday that graduating isn't the end of the learning process.
Jerry Parisi, the Connor Middle School principal who six months ago was assistant principal at GIHS, delivered the commencement address to the 47th graduating class of GIHS. "You're not done yet learning, whether you're going to college, whether you're going to the military, whether you're going to a job, whatever the case may be, you're going to continue learning throughout the rest of your lives," he told the approximately 250 seniors. He delivered what he called a message "of discovery and reflection. I believe that the only way to truly grow as an individual is to reflect on your personal experiences and use the lessons you've learned to make better choices in your life. In this way you will discover new possibilities that you hadn't considered before."
He told the graduates that from when he was in seventh grade he wanted to be the team doctor for the New York Giants, but a college internship at a local middle school "was so rewarding it gave me a new insight into who I was and what I was about and how I would better serve others."
Had he not taken a chance to do something different, he wouldn't be where he is today, he said.