As a last word to her fellow Class of 2108 graduates Sunday afternoon, valedictorian Amber Beaulieu reflected on a 2014 commencement speech by Adm. William H. McRaven, a Navy SEAL, whose 10 life lessons from SEAL basic training gained social media attention for the statement, "If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed."

Beaulieu ticked off McRaven's 10 lessons with her own somewhat more compassionate amendments, encouraging her classmates to rise to challenges, "whether or not you make your bed."

Where McRaven urged graduates at the University of Texas at Austin to "face down the bullies," Beaulieu said, "My advice, work together, do your best for those around you and participate."

Where McRaven said, "start singing when you're up to your neck in mud," Beaulieu added, "If you don't want to sing, just listen."

The valedictorian and the Navy SEAL converged on the importance of never giving up. But while McRaven's anecdote about "never, ever" ringing the bell at the center of the training compound that served as a one-way ticket out of the Special Services invoked the lonely shame of quitting, Beaulieu said it's OK to need help.

"Lean on your friends, family and all your experiences with whatever life throws at you," she said.

The Belfast Area High School Class of 2018 includes 113 students, including Beaulieu, salutatorian Olivia LaRoche and honor essayist Kristina Walker. Sunday's program listed 68 graduates who are continuing to college, three going into the military, and 34 are working, traveling or undecided.

The keynote speaker was Colby College football head coach Jack Cosgrove.