As we close out this graduation season, I am in awe of the way communities have come together to honor the graduates. From posters and billboards to drive-by neighborhood parties, families showed love. However expressed, it feels really good to be honored and recognized for the accomplishment just completed, and I love that we have tried to ensure graduates feel that love.
I am going to let you in on a little secret: as much as I love pomp and circumstance, I only attended two of my four University Graduations. I have not stated this until now, nor spent much time contemplating why I chose not to participate. After I attended my first University graduation I felt it overrated. I did not feel special. There were several thousand students, and thus you were not recognized individually. So, I skipped the next two because what I really wanted was that feeling of being connected to classmates, being called out by leaders for a job well done and celebration from my family.
If I am honest, I think the family and friends celebration is the best part. And that is agnostic to place. Regardless of whether
we are gathered on a lawn, or socially distant in cars, it comes down to how we make our graduates feel. Let your graduate know how much you see and appreciate what they have accomplished. I guarantee you, they will miss the actual graduation exercise a lot less.
How did you celebrate or what ideas do you have for celebrations?
PS: Your theme song has to be “Pomp and Circumstance” by Edward Elgar.
PPS: Don’t hesitate to put on the cap and gown and march around. Ya might tear up. Gets me every time!