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Valedictorian Sarah Hammond '14


Class of 2014, remember four years ago, when you were young?
Freshman year we came in like a wrecking ball, just closed our eyes and swung.

Remember the Bundy parties where we would light it up like it was dynamite?
I did not feel so safe and sound, I asked my roommate to take me home tonight.

Checked web advisor all day to try and get lucky with a registration time at 2.
My advisor said don’t you worry child, my class has got a spot for you.

Textbooks turned into blurred lines when studying got intense,
But somehow I got by with a little help from my friends.

High school me is now just somebody that I used to know.
Hamilton, you pushed my limits, but that’s what makes you beautiful.

By senior year we are who we are, but tik tok, nothing lasts forever.
At last we could turn in our theses with which we are never ever ever getting back together.

Senior week came just in time and for the first time in forever we could just let it go.
At formal we were all so fancy, but you already know.

Rumor has it we’re graduates now! No more Opus cookies, no more Diner B.
I will miss you all, …so call me maybe?

However, before I step down, I would like to say that I am honored to be recognized for my work these last four years, and grateful to be able to stand up here and speak to all of you.

I, like so many of us, have learned so much on so many different subjects at Hamilton. I have learned that some infinite sets are bigger than others and played the music of famous composers like Respighi. I have read the literary works of great authors like Dickens and seen that computers really do just run on 0s and 1s. The things I have learned here have enabled me to get an amazing job offer, and have put me on the path to an exciting career.

But the most important thing that I have learned in my time here is that all this success would mean nothing if I did not have great friends and a loving family to celebrate with. Failure is only bearable when you have people to support you and success is only sweet when you have people to congratulate you. In the coming years when I say I miss Hamilton, I won’t be talking about the Science Center or KJ or Milbank, I will be talking about the friends with whom I shared the good and bad, and the professors and staff whose sometimes small acts of kindness, and sometimes tremendous generosity have helped to make me the person I have grown into. Class of 2014, it has been an absolute pleasure spending the last four years with you. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Thank you, congratulations, and bye, bye, bye.