Class Told to Conquer its Dreams
By: Rodney Minor
The Leader Herald
The Gloversville High school class of 2007 walked onto
Husky Field in a full procession under a bright June sky
Friday. The students, many dressed colorfully with
sunglasses and decorated mortarboards, followed the
American flag, the New York State flag, and the Senior
class flag onto the field.
sat in the center field of the baseball diamond,
bouncing beach balls throughout the commencement. The
graduates were cheered on throughout the night by a
large crowd that overflowed from the bleachers and onto
the hillside overlooking the field.
the maroon-robed boys and white-robed girls sat and
reflected on their experiences, commencement speaker
Calvin Robinson told the graduates he remembered when he
was sitting in the same spot.
Robinson who graduated from Gloversville high school in
1996, said he recalled the uncertainty, excitement,
nervousness and pride that filled him throughout the
ceremony. He was thinking about everything he was
leaving behind to go to Union College.
though of the fondest memories, my time in school, on
the basketball court, [but] I had made my choices, had a
plan and was ready to achieve,” Robinson said.
Robinson was graduated from Union College in Schenectady
in 2000. He went to Florida State College of Law and
graduated in 2004. He is now an agent who represents NFL
told the class to conquer their dreams. The graduates
would need to take risks, take all of their knowledge,
and put it into action, Robinson said. ”Most importantly
have a goal,” Robinson advised the students.
graduates will face many challenges, but they will
become stronger when they overcome each one, Robinson
said. Whether they were good or bad students, today they
were given a clean slate to work with, he said.
said knowing what he wanted to do came early in life. As
a boy he use to argue with his sister, and his mother
told him to be a lawyer. “You can argue and get paid for
it,” Robinson said to laughs.
said while he was far from the best student and was even
suspended from school once, he saw the light at the end
of the tunnel. “Those were my goals and dreams,”
somber moment, Robinson reminded the graduates they had
all experienced a tragedy. “Shauna Beekman [and others],
they’re the angels over our shoulders,” Robinson said.
Beekman, a Gloversville student, was murdered in 2003.
This would have been her year to graduate.
your loved one’s proud…[they’re] very proud on days such
as today,” Robinson said. Third Ward Common Council
member James Robinson, also a graduate of Gloversville
High School in 1974, read a letter from Beekman’s
family. Family members said they were proud to have a
scholarship fund established in Shauna’s honor and
thanked the school district for their generosity.
the nine students in the 2007 class who received
scholarships in Shauna’s name stood to be recognized,
the cheers and applause shook the bleachers. As the sun
began to set, and the diplomas were handed out, the
chill air was countered by the enthusiasm of thise in
Perhaps they remembered what Calvin Robinson told them.
“Live each day as your last, because some day you will
most certainly be right,” Robinson said.