Lowry said “One of the wisest men to ever give advice, next to Yoda of course, Dr. Seuss, who said ‘Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.’”
He then gave advice to everyone in the Opera House, not just the seniors.
“Today I present you with a challenge, a challenge to follow your calling,” he said. “Find your niche and your place in the world.”
He asked the audience, “What are you called to do.”
He told everyone to never settle for good enough. Lowry added: “We will spend over 76,000 hours of our lives working so we should enjoy it. “
Lowry noted that he played baseball for 10 years, and in that time, he had his share of bad plays.
“Whenever you make a bad play all you can do is shake it off and make another play,” he said.
“Baseball is a lot like life, there is no such thing as stalling the clock,” Lowry continued. “You have to play till the final pinch, the final out. Why not live life the same way?”
After the valedictory speech, the seniors sang the Alma Mater, lead by Rachel Ann Peterson. The class President Tyler McDermott, introduced the class of 2013 followed by the recessional played by five clarinet players from the senior class. Then the students walked outside into the sunshine and into a new chapter in their lives.