Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Our View: Don’t forget those who helped grads

May 16, 2007

The annual graduation season is upon us, and, rightfully so, the focus will be on the graduates.

Speaker after speaker will pontificate on the wonderful futures that lie ahead for the graduating students. Those in attendance at most any commencement ceremony will hear about the hard work the students put in, the hardships they've overcome, the accomplishments they've achieved.

All of which is true.

Graduation -- whether it be from eighth grade, high school, community college, technical school or college -- represents a watershed moment in the life of a student. It marks the end of a personal journey and holds with it all the promises of tomorrow.

At the same time we honor this year's crop of graduates we also want to be sure to recognize those people who have helped them along their trip.

Parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, club sponsors, clergy, friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, siblings and other family members have all had a hand in the success of countless graduates. As John Donne once penned, "No man is an island."

So, congratulations graduates of 2007 on a job well done. And congratulations, too, to those who have helped you along the way.

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