Graduations: Dull, But Exciting
Published on May 28, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I reflect upon graduations, and the value of education.

Here's an excerpt:

"I think we can all agree that graduations are generally pretty boring.

Occasionally there’s a decent speaker, but there’s no getting around the fact that a long list of names must be read, and a big stack of degrees handed out. This process will ultimately turn even the most interesting graduation into a long slog. Just thinking about sitting through a graduation makes me feel sleepy.

But when my friend Bruce invited me to attend his commencement at Hudson Valley Community College, I responded as if he’d offered to treat me to a trip to Europe. Of course I wanted to go to his commencement. In fact, I was honored to be invited!

I’ve always taken my own graduations for granted.

It was never really in doubt that I would graduate from high school and attend college.

My parents are college graduates, as are most of my relatives. And I was fascinated by the idea of college from an early age. My parents brought me to one of their college reunions when I was in elementary school, and I loved roaming around the campus and participating in organized group activities with the other kids who were there." 

Click here to read the whole thing.

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