Every August it seems like it could be the start of the longest year ever. And yet... here we are, a few hours away from the class of 2016 graduation ceremony. For me, it is a special graduation because the students who will walk across the stage today are the students who were freshmen when I became an assistant principal. As I reflect on this fact, I wanted to drop some last bits of knowledge:
1. Somebody in Grapevine, TX loves you
Maybe we've cheered you on in athletics, academics, or the fine arts. Maybe we've had to administer a consequence for a moment where your judgement lapsed. Maybe we've been an ear to bend when you just needed to talk about something. Maybe we've pushed you to do better, be better, think better. Whatever we've done for you, we've done it with love because you deserve it.
2. We still want to keep in touch
Someday you are going to accomplish something and you'll realize that part of it began in the halls of your high school. When that accomplishment happens, let us know! We want to keep celebrating you and all of the things you do. And here's a secret... knowing that we've helped you become somebody and do something is pretty much the whole reason we are here.
3. When it gets tough, we are still here
They say that the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and it's the truth. You might not accomplish what you set out to do or you might find that what you end up doing is not what you ever imagined you'd be doing. Either way, if you need a sounding board or some help readjusting the plan, we're here for that too.
Best of luck class of 2016! We have given our best to you and can't wait to see what you will do!
My friends and I at our high school graduation. Photo courtesy of my mom.