The last two nights were White Swan graduate nights. The baccalaureate was on Wednesday and graduation was last night. Baccalaureate and graduation occur once a year in most of our communities. These are special nights for graduates and their families. They are important nights for our communities.
Important to communities because they speak to how well we do as community in taking care of our youth. The number of children who enter high school and the number of young adults who graduate from high school say a lot about community. Considering that, roughly, only twenty-five percent of all graduates in the United States will go on to earn a college degree, a high school diploma matters a great deal.
Therefore, it is important to make a big deal about high school graduation, even if a family doesn’t have a graduate in the class. In this rural community, people pack the high school gym every year at graduation. A full gym shows the importance of youth to this community. When there are thirty-six young adults in the graduating class, a packed gym tells the story this moment is important to many others than just the families of the graduates.
Graduation is not only a time to celebrate the achievements of our youth; it is a time to celebrate the wholeness of our community.
© David B. Bell 2010