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The Unfortunate Result of Some Graduations

Well, ‘tis the season. Graduation is here for seniors at high schools and colleges. It’s that time when we celebrate the milestone of completing a phase of life requiring both performance and consistency—from faculty, staff and students.

But what does our celebration reveal about us?

We live in a day of “feast or famine.” Some of our parent population over-celebrate too many things, including graduation from kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school and college. We give them ribbons and trophies for participation on teams and tell them they’re amazing for putting their spoon in the dishwasher. While I love celebrating kids, sometimes it can backfire.

When adults over-celebrate everything, the meaning of the milestone evaporates. If we use the word “awesome” for everything, somehow the few things in life that are truly awesome to experience, require outright hyperbole. Plus, the few milestones in life that genuinely deserve our celebration get lost in the crowd.

What if this year, we determined to celebrate the stuff that really matters: the grit our students showed in order to graduate; the marriage that made ten years—not just the wedding; the parenting that went into a successful student—not just the birth of a baby. We must never stop celebrating … but let’s celebrate the right stuff.


Help This Year's Graduates Transition
with Habitudes for the Journey

Habitudes for the Journey helps students:

  • Master the transitions from school to college and college to career.
  • Create language to talk about real life issues in a safe and authentic way.
  • Make wise decisions that keep them in school and out of trouble.
  • Capitalize on personal strengths to be career-ready upon graduation.

1 Comment

  1. Marisol Keyvanmanesh on May 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Last year at my daughter’s 5th grade graduation she received a certificate of achievement from each of her teachers (music, art, gym, etc.). At first she was ecstatic but when she found out that all the other students received the same certificates, she became livid and cried bitterly because no matter how hard she tried at doing her best academically and behaviorally, even the students that never tried or ever cared about school received the same certificates.

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The Unfortunate Result of Some Graduations