Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.
I had the opportunity to share the commencement experience with this class of 2012 in the rural community of Revillo, South Dakota. Even more special was the fact that I was their kindergarten teacher. They may not remember much from kindergarten but I sure remember them. What a gift to be able to see how well they have matured and grown as individuals due to the influence of family and teachers that have helped them explore and develop each of their own gifts in life.
We may hail from a small, little corner of the earth but we make the best of all that life offers. We actually know our neighbors and are involved with our communities whether planning celebrations, supporting school, community or church events or attending life events of family and friends. These graduates have learned that to be a member of a school and community means you need to be involved and work toward a common goal. These graduates may not realize it yet but it is truly a wonderful place to live.
Congratulations to the class of 2012 and best wishes as you continue this journey we call “life.”