Robert H. Goddard, an American physicist born in 1882, dreamed of developing a liquid-fuel rocket. In 1926, his first liquid-fuel rocket reached a height of one hundred eighty-four feet.
His dream had come to pass, but he was not satisfied. The challenge to build a rocket that would
reach higher altitudes then became his dream. Through his determination, by 1935, less than ten
years later, he fired a rocket that reached seventy-five hundred feet.
Until his death in 1945, Goddard dreamed of conquering the vastness of space. He had
done his share; it was now left up to someone else. After many years of dreaming, in 1961, the first
man was put into space. This was still a long way from space travel, but it was another step in that
When we entered school over a decade ago, we dreamed of graduation day. Through the
encouragement of our parents and teachers, we have reached that day. Dreams, ideas, and ideals
are useless and wasteful if they are not translated into effective action. Our dreams have become
reality only because they have been vitalized by our drive and dedication.
Because of man's dreams, the world is constantly changing. When we were born, the first
satellite had not yet been put into orbit. A nuclear submarine, a push-button telephone, and an
electronic calculator were non-existent. Not only do these things exist now, but through the dreams
of the American people, man has left his mother planet and traveled to the Moon and back. Man
has dreamed of a space station for years. If the launch goes as scheduled in the morning, Skylab
will be a dream come true.
As we dream of tomorrow, we must not forget our responsibilities of today. We are a new
generation of Americans. In a few minutes when we are handed our diplomas, we will be making a
great step toward our future. We, the youth of today, will be the leaders of tomorrow, and the
survival and success of liberty will depend on what we do.
"Today is the tomorrow that we dreamed of yesterday." Today we are seeing our dreams
turn to reality as we graduate from high school. This is the Commencement -- the beginning -- the
Beginning of new dreams -- Dreams of the future.
The future can be a million years from now or a minute from now. No one knows what the
future holds. We can only dream of tomorrow. But we MUST dream and set goals for ourselves.
For what great thing has ever been accomplished that was not first a dream?
We have no assurance that we can do something tomorrow. We must begin today. We
cannot wait until tomorrow to begin planning. We must take advantage of today.
A dream is something that begins with the individual. One man with a dream developed a
rocket. A whole nation with a dream has landed a man on the Moon. We hope the world will be
better because the Seniors of 1973 have lived. It is up to us.
For Yesterday is but a Memory,
And Tomorrow is only a Dream;
But Today well-lived makes every
Yesterday a Memory of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Dream of Hope.