Last night was my school’s commencement ceremony, and it was truly one of the best I’ve attended. The speakers were excellent, the exchange students honored, the 7 valedictorians presented, and the graduates excited but under control.

The kids tossed beach balls around every once in a while, and they cheered for their friends and waved to their parents. It was a pretty incredible sight.

The class of 2008 is definitely one I bonded with much more significantly than others, thus I described the night as bittersweet. I am excited to see these kids move on to the next stage in life, but I will miss this group greatly.

I had the sincere pleasure of handing 13 students their diplomas last night (students can ask a teacher to do so instead of a board member). We smiled for the camera, gave a hug, and walked off the stage to our respective seats. Afterwards, former and current students joined the graduates along with their families, and I must’ve been photographed over a hundred times and hugged many more.

This is one of the joys we, as teachers, get to experience which no one else understands. It’s one of the greatest nights of the year, and we are a major part. We high-five the kids as they line up for their seats, hand the students their diplomas, and we get to share a once-in-a-lifetime moment with the graduates frozen in time on their mantels. It’s one of the reasons I love this job, and only other teachers really understand.


3 thoughts on “Graduation

  1. Betty

    What a wonderful experience to be asked to hand out diplomas. It is special to watch students graduate and also to hear how they are doing in college and with their careers. You are right. Only teachers can really understand how rewarding it is for students to do well and successfully move forward with their lives.

  2. David Fordee

    Great to hear! Congrats to you for helping to guide these young people through their studies. I am so glad it was a great day. Our first graduation was also wonderful. A great time to look back and be thankful for another year.

  3. ms_teacher

    This student will one day realize how lucky he was to have you as his teacher. One of my complaints at my middle school is that 6th grade teachers (like me) never get the opportunity to see our former students promote to high school.


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