Family and friends will gather over the next two weekends at various high school stadiums or gymnasiums (depending on our weather) to watch their favorite seniors graduate.
What an exciting time and accomplishments for these young women and men!
They have been preparing for this day since kindergarten.
Think about this. An average student will have attended over 2,400 days of school by the time they reach graduation.
This means they have seen or participated in several hundred sporting events, over 40 band performances, and up to four proms in their high school years alone.
They have been taught by over 60 teachers in their 13 years of school and have taken nearly 50 mid-term and final exams in their high school years.
They most likely went on about five field trips and participated in 4-6 field days.
They probably have consumed more burgers, pizza and fries than they wish to admit to eating and have spent an average of 7 ½ hours a day on electronics – either social media, music, surfing the web, games etc – according to a 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
It all boils down to one evening where they have proof of their accomplishments and their time in school. It is represented by one piece of paper that will take them to their next step in life.
The way I see it, we older folks can wax nostalgic about the past 30, 40, 50 even 60 years. But graduates of 2014, we all remember our high school years as if they were yesterday. Luckily, I knew then that these were some of the best days of my life. (Thank you Bryan Adams for awesome lyrics!) Years from now, you will all know exactly what I mean. Good luck class of 2014!
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.