It's the best day of the year!
Seriously - for educators, there may be no more poignant and meaningful day then graduation day. We are part of a profession that rarely gets to see the full fruits of our labors. On a day to day basis, lessons are being learned and knowledge is being imparted. Yet we often have to take a deferral on being able to see those lessons in action from our students. We may have to wait until a day, many years later, when we run into a former student somewhere random and find out what they're up to and how much they appreciated the work that we put into helping them succeed. Those are great days, but they tend to be relatively few and far between compared to the numbers of students we serve!
Graduation day puts many of those rewards right in the forefront. Our community gets to celebrate the accomplishments of our kids in a big way. There's a reason that we use "Pomp and Circumstance" as part of the musical tribute, as that's what the ceremony is about. Whether we had them in kindergarten or AP Calculus, everyone in the educational system plays a role in getting those kids to the stage where they get handed a diploma and have their moment in the spotlight. It's not the end, but boy is it a great moment along the journey we call life.
On June 2nd, we had dozens of graduates clad in red approach the stage at Benzie Central for their moment in the spotlight in a very full gymnasium. I can hardly describe the feeling of pride, seeing these amazing young people taking their literal first steps into a much bigger world. Watching the varied reactions to the moment is a joy and a privilege. Some strut across the stage with confidence, while others are more clearly nervous. Whatever the individual reaction though, they all are taking literal and figurative steps that are leading them into new and uncharted personal territory. That's part of what makes it so magical. It's a shared experience, a ceremony, a ritual by which our society defines itself.
So congrats to our Benzie Central Class of 2019. And equally as important, thank you to the amazing community who supported them in this endeavor. The outpouring of support, the thousands of pictures, and the tens of thousands of hugs, handshakes, high fives, and fist bumps that were occurring all over campus Sunday afternoon were a testament to the love and support that we enjoy as part of the Husky family. We are #OneBenzie, and it shows every day, but probably never more so than on graduation day. After all...
It is the best day of the year!