In May and June of every year, students cross stages, receive diplomas, swing tassels across those strange, square hats, and become graduates. Small, wonder-filled children graduate from preschool. High school students graduate and begin their new life chapters as adults. Passionate university students of all ages graduate and head off to begin careers.
This week, I want you to write about a memorable moment when you, or someone you know, graduated. Maybe you hated how scratchy and hot your purple polyester gown felt on graduation day. Perhaps you had a memorable commencement speaker at your high school graduation or you were honored to be the valedictorian of your class in college.
Like many others, you may not have been able to graduate and always wished you had. Maybe you weren’t able to graduate from college, but felt deep honor and pride watching your child graduate. Maybe graduating from an extracurricular activity – from junior varsity to varsity sports or from one color belt in karate to the next – was a particular honor for you.
Graduation really is a life transition, the end of one thing and the beginning of another. Feel free to reflect on a time in your life that felt like a graduation for you or discuss how your perspective as a post-graduate differed from those idealistic student years. As Carol Burnett once said, “We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.”
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