Editorial: Graduation season
There’s something special about this time of year. The frigid winter weather is but a distant memory. The oppressive heat that comes with the dog days of summer is still weeks away. Summer vacation plans are coming together.
Most of all, it’s graduation season!
This past weekend, 416 young men and women received their diplomas from Gloucester High School during commencement exercises held at the College of William and Mary. This Saturday, another 91 are expected to cross the stage of the Harry M. Ward Auditorium at Mathews High School.
Much like the promise that comes each spring when green stalks shoot up from the ground, high school graduation brings with it the hope of a community that has nurtured these young men and women as they take this first big step into adulthood.
Parents, teachers and community members have patiently tended to this year’s crop of graduating seniors, protected them as best as they could from the countless dangers and pitfalls along the way, and now look forward to watching them take their place in the larger world.
In a few short months, many of these graduates will leave their homes—some for the first time in their lives—to further their education. Others will serve their country in the armed forces. Still others will try their hand at the local job market. It’s an exciting time, filled with possibilities.
As they move forward with their lives, we, as a community, hope we have done enough to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. But, like the farmer who has done his best to provide the right conditions for his crops to thrive, there comes a time when there is little more that we can do, other than stand back and trust we have done enough.
Good luck to the Class of 2014. As you continue to grow, remember your roots.