A look at graduation
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!