Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Grad 2017

Oh the Places They will Go!
Twelve years ago these same students walked in front of their parents at a Kindergarten Grad Ceremony, celebrating that they learned their ABCs, their numbers to 10 and how to share and care for one another.  After a lot of hard work, social structuring in their peer groups, this group of students gets to say that they graduated, they put in the work and they are about to leave high school behind them.

 Never again in their life will they feel a triumph like this (unless of course they go to become a doctor and do another 12 years of schooling in a row).  This is a time in their life that they can look back on and know they made it, they are on the precipices of adulthood.  Those carefree days of no bills, no responsibilities are falling behind them faster than they realize.
 But it's not all bad, a plethora of opportunities is opening before them.  They have the first piece of paper they need to move forward in the rest of their life.  This grade 12 diploma indicates that they are of a character that sticks with something, they work hard, they try hard, they are working for their goals.  They can join the workforce, go to college, university, apprenticeship programs or just travel the world.  Many in 2017 are driven to continue to school, some are driven to join a field of work that has more on the job training then school training, some just want a break because high school for them wasn't what it was for their peers.
 But they did and now the world lays at their feet and the adults in their life take a deep breath in to see what they will do.  The world is watching and waiting to celebrate your successes, commiserate with your failures and set you back up so you can move forward in the direction of your dreams!  To the class of 2017 Go to all the places you want to Go, Enjoy every minute and don't rush things through because before you know it you will be celebrating your 20th high school reunion like I am this year!

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