As I completed my various levels of schooling (8th grade through graduate degree), I never wanted to participate in the graduation ceremonies or celebrate the occasions. I didn’t think that was important.
As a parent, I see things differently. I believe celebrating the small steps in a child’s life propels them to higher accomplishments.
This year—2016—is a year of academic milestones for my children. The dates of the commencement ceremonies begin in April and end in May: April 30 (baccalaureate), May 14 (master’s degree), May 15 (engineering certificate).
And, yes, they are going to participate in the ceremony, and, yes, we are going to celebrate!
Do you have someone in your life who is in the graduating class of 2016 (kindergarten through college)? How are you going to encourage them in their accomplishments?
Deborah Calvert is the associate executive director of Women of the ELCA.
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