Time for seniors to walk into the future

Published 4:11pm Saturday, May 17, 2014

By far the most frequent activity around Elmore County in the coming week will be high school graduations. Senior students from all of the local high schools will make that all-important walk to collect their diplomas and venture into a new and different world.

High school graduation is one of life’s most important rites of passage for young adults. And there aren’t many of those moments in the life of a young person – the pivotal times when their familiar, everyday routines are suddenly transformed into new realities that can be alternately exciting and frightening.

The first day a child attends school is one of those memorable occasions – when they are forced to leave behind the ­security and comfort of home to interact with strangers.

Then there’s the day when that all-important driver’s test is ­successfully passed and the much-desired license is secured. That experience is certainly a turning point most youth see as an expansion of the freedoms they are allowed.

There are other milestones along the way – first love, ­success in school and sports, tragedies and disappointments. But high school graduation is unquestionably one of the really big ones.

Life will change radically for the majority of graduates. Many of them will leave home to further their education. Some will simply move away to other communities. Others will join the work world; some will get ­married.

Graduation is not just a matter of a couple of classmates leaving and a few others taking their place. Life will be different forever.

But those changes aren’t necessarily bad or good – they’re just fact. Graduates should keep in mind that this is an opportunity to make new friends and dream new dreams – or to take especial care to tend the friendships and dreams they already have.

High school graduation is a milestone for the parents of the students involved as well. They are typically happy, sad and proud in equal measure. For parents, it seems the time between watching their child enter kindergarten and crossing a stage to receive their high school diploma has passed in the blink of an eye.

But the moment has arrived for the Class of 2014 to move on into the future. You are encouraged to aim high and make a difference not just in our community, but in the world.

Until next week … and bless your hearts.

 

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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