One of ELC Boston’s core teachers, Janet Onyak, assigned her reading and writing class the task of writing a speech. Most students wrote a commencement speech for a pretend “graduation” at ELC. Mr. Abdul Alqhatani choose to write a matriculation ceremony speech to welcome the new ELC students as if they were the incoming freshmen class at a university. His speech beautifully conveys the close, loving community environment the staff, teachers, and students foster here at the English Language Center. Read and enjoy, friends!
“Welcome to our learning community. You must be so proud because you were selected to be a part of this family. Welcome to ELC. Here, where the weak and the strong, the rich and the poor, are being treated equally. Here, where all the students, teachers and the staff were brought from all over to create a new mirror that reflects their cultures, traditions and knowledge. Our shared vision is to build the best house that adopts people with different experiences, different dreams and different perspectives.
If you are anything like I was when I started, you are sitting there feeling a million emotions and asking yourself a million questions. “Did I make the right decision?” I can tell you today, that you are here because you deserve to be here, and because you can bring something new and exciting to this learning community. So, welcome. Look around you. The people sitting in this room will be your best source of support and they will help you to make the most of your experience here. I guarantee there will be times when you wonder why you’re here. That’s natural. But the people in this school will be there to remind you of the reason. The relationships you develop here with the teachers, staff, and students will help you build your career. You are here because you want to be the movers and shakers of the future.
I conclude by giving you some simple advice for how to make the best of your experience here at ELC: Share your knowledge and skills — don’t keep them to yourself. Challenge yourself and make sure that you are Janet’s student. Above all, have fun! And I suggest that you learn to love the Red Sox or at least pretend you do”
~ Abdul Alqhatani, Saudi Arabia