High school graduation

This week 277 seniors will receive their high school diplomas from the New Albany and Union County schools, compared to 301 last year and 274 the year before.

On Thursday, 60 will graduate at East Union Attendance Center and 46 will get diplomas at Ingomar Attendance Center. On Friday, 40 will graduate at the Myrtle Attendance Center and 26 more will get diplomas at West Union Attendance Center. And 105 will walk on Kitchens Field Friday night 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 2014 graduation book in today’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.