Michael S. Shibler, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
On behalf of the Rockford Public Schools Board of Education, employees, and Rockford area community, congratulations to our graduating seniors from Rockford High School, River Valley Academy, and Adult Education. You have reached a very important milestone in your lives, and we are proud of your accomplishments.
Graduates, it is important that you take a moment to thank your family and friends for their support during the past 18 years. I also encourage you to recognize your teachers and other RPS staff who have had a profound influence on your education and preparation for success as an adult member of this community.
I encourage you to use your Rockford High School diploma as a springboard to further educational opportunities that will prepare you for a quality life tomorrow and in the future. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying that learning begins at birth and should not end until death. How true that is!
Education will open career opportunities for you, but the most important characteristic for your continued success is perseverance. If you want to reach your full potential in life, you need to demonstrate a pattern of continuous improvement. You must take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes, as well as from your successes.
Research has shown that successful people demonstrate an inner strength while pursuing their lifelong goals, even when faced with incredible challenges. Bottom line: perseverance separates achievers from the average.
In closing, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
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