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The Student Voice

Student voice is an essential component to our discussion on education. Below we will post essays written by students from around Rhode Island.

"Graduation Day"

Posted by: Kamlyn Keith on 4/28/2017
Adrian Cohen
Student in his senior year at Coventry High School.
His career path will be as a professional musician.

My name is Adrian Cohen and I'll be graduating from Coventry High School in two months.

There has never been a moment in my life when I didn't love music - listening to it or playing it on piano. I took nearly every music class offered to me in high school. Earlier this year, I completed a songwriting internship where I composed several pieces of music for different instrument families to be put into one big arrangement. In total, the work I did in those classes helped me to pass the AP Music Theory test, and have prepared me for life at Berklee College of Music, where I'll attend this fall.

I'm going to college to become a professional musician, although I might technically already be one. During high school, I released an EP (extended play) and three full-length albums of all original material.

My latest album, This Is School, closes with the song, "Graduation Day.” I've been imagining it being sung at any school's graduation ceremony. The lyrics are something every senior can relate to in one way or another. The song is dedicated to all the seniors everywhere and is my way of saying goodbye and good luck!

You can listen to “Graduation Day” on YouTube. Lyrics are posted below.

Graduation Day

No, it's not just me they're praising
the last 4 years have been amazing
into the future we are gazing, gazing at what life may bring
we could do anything, that's what they told us
when we started freshman year

the time has come, it's graduation
and for some, it's liberation
find a job or serve our nation, or to a college orientation
now we're all grown up, stakes are higher,
make good choices, be aware

Good luck to all these bittersweet seniors
Wear your cap and gown and go
Get your diploma, this is what you worked for
Time to put on a show

we're already reminiscing
about the times we'll soon be missing
let's stay in touch, no fluctuating, hesitating, or debating
we end today with this quotation, quoth a raven, 'never fear'
memories we hold so dear,
here, there, and everywhere


Wondering where the time went
Wondering what it all meant
Look at all that time we spent
To get to this momentous end


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