June 18, 2014
Since kindergarten, you schlepped books to and from school. You were expected to learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. You hopefully learned how to share, how to make friends, and how to become part of a social and cultural group.
Most importantly, you hopefully learned to be an individual in a sea of sameness, as well as how to be a critical thinker.
For some, high school goes down as the best times of life — the camaraderie, close friendships, being part of a team.
For others, it was a miserable four years — fraught with bullies, no party invitations, eating alone in the cafeteria, breakouts of acne, math that made no sense.
No matter what someone’s high school experience was, the universal truth about graduation is that the moment you toss your cap into the air, everything changes. One chapter closes while another one opens. Not quite adults, but definitely no longer children.
It’s time to start over, reinvent yourself, really discover who you are or who you want to be.
And no two paths are alike.
Those long past the teenage years look at the young graduates with diplomas clutched in hand, and can’t help but think of their own high school graduation day. Some classmates wanted to stay where they knew the score, knew the drill and knew what was expected. Others were ready to flee the familiar and face the unknown.
We all faced graduation with mixed feelings. One minute we felt like we knew everything and the next we felt a little lost, not quite sure how to behave now that we were adults.
But dear graduates, remember we who have been adults for a while still don’t know everything or have all the answers.
Even though in honest moments we’ll admit that, we will still tell you what to do and give you unwanted advice.
We hope you will go on to many great accomplishments and joys. The road ahead won’t be smooth – it never is – but you’re now a little better equipped to handle the rough spots.
Congratulations, graduates. Continue to make us as proud of you tomorrow as we are this day.