Our Opinion: Achievement deserves congratulations
News Tribune editorial
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
We now are enjoying one of our favorite times of year reporting on graduations, scholarships and honors linked to the culmination of the school year.
On Sunday, Jefferson City High School held ceremonies for a graduating class of 611 students and Helias Catholic High School conducted commencement for 185 graduates.
Those events followed Saturday’s ceremonies for a Blair Oaks High School graduating class of 91.
The academic achievements connected with those and other graduates are voluminous, as reported regularly in feature stories, honor roll listings, and youth and college columns.
Speakers at graduations traditionally touch on a number of themes, including coping with changes and persevering amid challenges.
Those messages are valuable. They are designed to motivate and inspire.
Our message simply is to say thank you.
Thank you to all the parents who have taken time to be involved in the lives of their children. Your love and guidance is immeasurable. Thank you to the educators, including teachers retiring this year, for commitment and devotion that extends well beyond classroom instruction. And, most important, thank you to the students, who have developed and demonstrated qualities that give us confidence in the future. Congratulations.