Education is, and always has been, the cornerstone of our future. It opens new doors of opportunity for all and allows students to dream bigger and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Whether it’s graduating from high school or college, this time of year reminds us of the importance of education and the life skills gained through the practice and pursuit of knowledge. The diploma is an important step in a lifelong learning process and an honor truly worthy of praise. I commend all the graduates of the Class of 2013 and wish you the best of luck wherever your futures may take you.