Being an educator and living on a college campus, I have the privilege of attending many graduations. To be honest, I used to hate it. It's a formality. It's not required. You don't even get your diploma on that day. As a spectator, you sit and listen to people talk for over an hour until your friend/family has their name called as they walk across the stage for 5 seconds. What a way to spend an afternoon!
|My Sister Ashley|
Graduation itself is not a life-changing experience. It is a celebration of the life-changing events that graduates have experienced.
Another reason I like graduation is that it serves as both an end and a beginning. The ceremony is often called the commencement. The root of that word being commence, which means start or begin. As people graduate from high school, college, or graduate programs, they may be finished with their degree but they are beginning something new. They now have new knowledge, new perspectives, new goals, new opportunities. How exciting to be a graduate!
As you attend graduation ceremonies as a participant or a spectator, remember that you are not there for entertainment. You are there to celebrate, support, dream, and begin!