#MNPSco2018: Dr. Joseph's letter to the Class of 2018

 2018Graduation_SMGraphics_DrJLetter

2018Graduation_SMGraphics_DrJLetter

I look forward to this season every year.

This is the epitome of what all of us at Metro Nashville Public Schools work for - seeing you, our students, walk across that stage. A powerful symbol of one chapter ending – and yet your life is just beginning.

While we work hard to support you, we know that you are the ones who put in 13 years of hard and intentional work to make it to this moment. I know it was not always easy.  You have demonstrated perseverance, scholarship, and a passion for life to make it to this special moment.

With your diploma in hand, you are one step closer to becoming who you are meant to be – a teacher, a doctor, a business leader, a scientist, an artist, an electrician, or anything you want to be – and it is my hope we have given you the tools you need to find success down whatever path you choose to take. Life is about service and sharing your talents with the world. Tap into your innate possibilities. If you love what you are doing, you will always have success.

Before you go, don't forget to thank those who helped you get to this moment. I’ve been fortunate enough to have many great experiences in my life because I had access to a great education and great teachers who gave me a chance. Metro Schools focuses on those same values. During your time at MNPS, your teachers have loved you into greatness which you will appreciate more and more with each passing year.

I believe in you and your limitless futures, and I know our staff believes in you, too. I hope that the lessons you've learned and the relationships you've developed during your time at MNPS will carry on with you through each chapter of your own life's story.

Congratulations on this incredible milestone – this truly is only just the beginning.

Best of luck, Dr. Joseph