This is a fantastic time of year. The weather has improved. We will all get the chance to recognize our parents on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but there is additional excitement in the air; graduations. I prefer the term commencement. 

With the successful completion of a level of schooling comes a commencement ceremony. I like the idea of calling it commencement as it signifies the start of something new, not necessarily the end of something. It used to be that there was just commencement from High School or College. Now, there is commencement from Kindergarten, Elementary School, and Middle School.

Initially, I thought all of these new ceremonies were unnecessary. Having attended a college graduation over the weekend, I realize the ceremonies are as much a reminder to the parents that our children have grown as they are for the children. 

Whether you are attending the commencement as a participant or attending as a guest, enjoy the event and revel in the occasion.