High school graduation is a big milestone in a student’s academic career and a culmination of his or her hard work and persistence. It’s certainly a time of uncertainty as graduates step off of the edge of familiarity and begin the transition into adulthood.
Each year there are thousands of graduation speeches given across the country, many of which are inspiring and profound. Looking through past high school graduation speeches, this quote by Wellesley (Mass.) High School English teacher David McCullough Jr. to the class of 2012 resonated the most for us.
“I also hope you’ve learned enough to recognize how little you know,” McCullough said. “How little you know now, at the moment, for today is just the beginning. It’s where you go from here that matters.”
As the 2014 school year ended, Education Week photo editors put together our favorite high school graduation photos from Associated Press contributing photographers and local newspapers.
A version of this article first appeared in the Full Frame blog.