It’s graduation week in our area high schools. By this evening 301 seniors, up from 274 last year, will have gotten their diplomas in the New Albany and Union County schools.
Last night East Union Attendance Center graduated 58 and Ingomar graduated 42. Tonight 43 will graduate at Myrtle Attendance Center and 30 at West Union. And 128 will walk on Kitchens Field tonight as New Albany High School completes its year.
It’s a source of pride to us as we look at the senior photographs in the 2013 graduation book in Wednesday’s Gazette.
Graduation is many things. For some, it means moving into the work force as they begin their adult lives. For others, it means serving their country as they begin a career in the armed forces.
And for many, it means heading to college, where our young people will further their educations. College also often means gaining more experience with students from other economic backgrounds, other races and other cultures. It contributes to a broadened perspective about life.
We think about two other things at graduation time. It’s a time to applaud the parents, grandparents, guardians and mentors who have contributed to the success of these graduates.
And we think of our public schools, and especially the teachers who have helped prepare the students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, for their new roles. Theirs is an important responsibility in our society.
Congratulations to all.