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COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER GIVES 12 GRADUATES AN OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE

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The 12 graduates of Meridian School received an offer they couldn't refuse at their graduation at the Provo Tabernacle.

Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson told the students that if in 10 years, they write him a letter and "tell me who I am and something I said today," he would send them $10. Petersen admitted that he couldn't remember anything about his graduation ceremony.He also praised the graduates for their efforts at the private school.

"We are involved in a precious experience - your smallness is precious," he said. "Education is the 21st century's response or solution or pursuit of survival."

He also referred to the pioneers and their efforts to come to Utah and encouraged the students to be pioneers and learn about the world.

Paul Cox, president of Meridian's board of trustees, gave a brief history of Meridian. He referred to the school's logo, Sempiterne Potest - which is Greek for "There are always possibilities."

"We believe very much we are engaged in a reputable experiment here at Meridian," he said. He also spoke of dreams he had for the school such as owning their own building and a graduating class of 350.

"Sempiterne Potest - there are always possibilities," he said.

The class valedictorian, Suzanne Marie Nelson, told graduates that frustration, despair and anxiety are the greatest motivators of success. She spoke of frustrating experiences the graduating class had gone through that made them better people.

Nelson also advised the graduates to remember to succeed and continue to grow as individuals and as human beings.

"Let us remember that this is not the end, but rather a stopping point. The future is not set," she said.

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Wolverine

Address: 931 E. 300 North,

Logo: Sempiterne Potest

Number of graduates: 12

Valedictorian: Suzanne Marie Nelson