A look at grad­u­a­tion

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In­tro­duc­tion: To­day’s com­men­tary will dis­cuss a topic which touches the lives of most fam­i­lies in Amer­i­can so­ci­ety. Mod­ern cul­ture has changed so greatly that in­tense sig­nif­i­cance is placed on each phase of tran­si­tion in the lives of our young. There is no im­pli­ca­tion here that recog­ni­tion and pride in these mo­ments of ad­vance­ment from one phase of life to an­other is wrong or mis­placed. It de­notes love and care when par­ents rec­og­nize and honor ad­vance­ment in their young­ster’s life.

So, from pre-school, kinder­garten, el­e­men­tary school, mid­dle school and into high school, to­day’s so­ci­ety con­ducts pub­lic pro­grams to rec­og­nize and award ac­com­plish­ments of the young.

High school grad­u­a­tion ex­er­cises rank at the top of these ex­er­cises. One rea­son is this is the pro­gram that is univer­sal in that it rec­og­nizes the whole scope of a stu­dent body which has ad­e­quately fin­ished the re­quire­ments of study. It also al­lows for a rem­i­nis­cence of the many years with the mul­ti­tude of ex­pe­ri­ences and events in the ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney. It is sus­pected that the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony pro­vides a time of re­flec­tion for par­ents through the years far re­moved from the time their child was placed in pre-school when the des­ti­na­tion of grad­u­a­tion seemed a faint dream.

Prepa­ra­tion and con­duct­ing the cer­e­mony:

The grad­u­a­tion ex­er­cise it­self does not hap­pen with­out great thought, ef­fort and prepa­ra­tion. As par­ents and spec­ta­tors we can show up and view the pro­ceed­ings. Not so with teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors. There will be no ef­fort here to de­scribe the hur­ried work of grad­ing pa­pers and de­ter­min­ing fi­nal grades; just know there are both emo­tional and phys­i­cal as­pects of get­ting that job done.

The three pub­lic schools in Gor­don County (Cal­houn, Gor­don Cen­tral and Sono­rav­ille) all con­ducted their the cer­e­mony is over dis­plays the height of in­con­sid­er­a­tion and shows a lack of train­ing in proper crowd eti­quette. (There: These are points I have wanted to make for years. I will de­fend my po­si­tion). Con­grat­u­la­tions to the grad­u­ates: This writer stud­ies the pic­tures pub­lished in the pa­per of each year’s grad­u­ates. I ad­mire them for “run­ning the race and fin­ish­ing the course” to this point in their lives. They and their par­ents have a right to be ex­tremely proud.

I al­ways won­der what future life holds for them. World con­di­tions are al­ways in a tur­moil and his­tory re­veals that ter­ri­ble things can and will hap­pen (I be­lieve in the study of the events of past his­tory). It is feared that we (in­clud­ing my­self) have come to be­lieve our coun­try will al­ways ex­ist and flour­ish as it has since the win­ning of in­de­pen­dence. It is a prayer here that our chil­dren will have a life of peace and free­dom. An oc­ca­sional view of the His­tory Chan­nel on TV will show de­plorable con­di­tions of war, poverty, sick­ness, suf­fer­ing and death.

I urge all our young to hold onto faith in the future and give great ef­fort to pre­serve the many bless­ings God has be­stowed upon our na­tion. The bless­ings we en­joy did not come with­out great price as the re­cent Memo­rial Day re­minded us. May we con­tinue to pray “God Bless Amer­ica.”

Many readers will live deep into the lives and ca­reers of those who grad­u­ated from one of our high schools in 2018. There will be great achieve­ments and hon­ors in lives of many. They will climb to heights of great recog­ni­tion. Par­ents and lo­cal cit­i­zens will be proud – and right­fully so. Re­mem­ber, the ex­er­cise is called “Com­mence­ment.” That means be­gin­ning. You have a great jour­ney ahead.

Here is con­grat­u­la­tions from one who has watched it all for a long time. May God bless you!

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