Individual Milestone cocooned in Group Passage.
The months of May and June are gorged with celebrations from pre-schools to university campuses.
Faculties prepare and families rejoice with gifts and parties. For many, the festive air is charged with joy and success. The hat-toss can signify completion of one challenge and moving onto the next.
Even though an individual might receive twenty invitations to various graduation ceremonies, a sorting is necessary. Some invitations are more announcements due to limited space at the event and not enough tickets to include every person to whom an invitation is sent. There are as many reasons for receiving invitations as there graduates sending the cards.
Each year there are individuals who stand out from the group—individuals for whom all the accolades and celebrations seem to pale in light of what those individuals deserve. Andrew and Kathleen are two such young people. Admittedly, in recent years I know them more through the words spoken from each parent’s heart, but that is a deep and respected knowing.
Andrew is graduating from high school. From button-down little boy to stand-tall young man, Andrew has handle his life with integrity. He has graciously accepted both ‘learning-takes’ and wonderful successes. I first knew him as an A+ first grade gentleman and I am proud to know him as a young journalist preparing for college.
Kathleen is graduating from college. She is a deeply beautiful and accomplished young woman weighing job opportunities and making important choices. Kathleen has coupled her talents as a writer and a theater major with her unshakable dependability and strong work ethic. I cannot count how many times, Kathleen’s mother has said, “I love that kid!”
I salute Andrew, Kathleen and all graduates as they move though this milestone and enjoy the recognition of their accomplishments.