“THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS MADE, LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.” PSALMS 118:24
Saying good-bye can be, and usually is, a tear-filled experience. Four years of growing, knowing, prancing and advancing all comes to an end on Graduation Day. For our senior group at LHSKC that day was Sunday, May 15th.
I identify somewhat with this year’s seniors only because I, too, entered the halls of LHSKC four years ago. For better or for worse, this group of seniors only knows me as their administrator. Of course, the singular difference in our experiences is that I will remain and they will journey on to new educational and life adventures.
Parents sit and watch, nervously biting their lips, waiting for their own flesh and blood to ascend the stage and make the final walk of their high school lives. Tears of joy, tears of nostalgia, and tears of sadness emerge on aging faces as youthful forces magically transform into the next generation. Each name called summons up another memory. So anxious parents await the brief momentary handshake, an obligatory smile, and a welcomed sigh of relief as each graduate crosses over into a world of adulthood. A much awaited lifetime moment is gone in a camera flash and the achievement of four years is soon lost in a myriad of questions regarding “the future.”
I also identify with parents as my youngest takes her final collegiate walk this spring and moves into the world of economic independence (or so one can only hope). So many memories coagulate inside one’s brain almost drowning out the thought process completely. So this is the culmination of all the advising, cajoling, reprimanding, praising, and listening? A paper, or perhaps sheepskin, rectangular object signifying accomplishment to be permanently displayed or filed away for future reference now rests in the possession of the graduate.
Well done, all.
Cry if you must, congratulate for sure, and most certainly thank God for His wonderful gifts of children. Be sure you also Rejoice! - King David always had it right. . . now, where is that class of 2017?
Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz