YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- From where can you feel the spirit of anxiety, relief, excitement and melancholy at the same time? The Seoul American High School class of 2012 of over 150 graduates had the opportunity to feel all those emotions on Commencement Day here, June 9.

"I feel so excited and nervous," said Tammy Garman, senior class vice president. "Throughout the high school year, I met a lot of people and made good friends. They taught me lessons that I couldn't have learned in school and yes, I am going to miss them, but at the same time, I can't wait to go out there and start a new life."

'Life brings tears, smiles, and memories; the tears dry; the smiles fade; but memories last forever.'

As their class motto defines, graduates made an unforgettable memory at graduation ceremony along with their families, friends, and special guests.

Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, praised their accomplishments and encouraged them all on their first steps to the real world. Huber emphasized to the senior class to "dream big and dare to fail" wherever they go because everyone will survive. Additionally, he shared a few thoughts before they moved off to new adventures.

"You've all been blessed with a very unique gift, the gift of cultural astuteness coming from living overseas, experiencing diversity in what is truly the assignment of choice," Huber said. "You have a better understanding of the world, a respect for this great host nation of Korea. I challenge you to embrace and cherish the culture you and I have come to love."

Natasha Parker, a graduate who is planning on attending Texas A&M, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, gave a salutatory address.

"Today is your day and right now is your moment," Parker said. "You have reached incredible milestone in your lives and now we have reached a new beginning. Always remember the hard work will get you anywhere and fear will get you nowhere. Congratulations class of 2012!"

Graduates were given a special time to recognize their parents and teachers after the speech. They appreciated them with white roses and big hugs for supporting them with pleasure, economical support, and endless love.

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