Graduation day at rbvhs 2012 is time to greet the graduates in the quad as they are excitedly waiting for the ceremony, lining up and filling every inch of the 200 wing with students in a sea of maroon, walking with the class in the long, long, long procession, listening to the cheers as they enter the field, smiling and greeting the arch-bearers girls who hold the flower laden arches that we pass under before we sit down , and taking in the positive energy of 780 kids and thousands of their parents, family and friends as they fill our stadium. It is a good catharsis.
Then I will sit there and reflect on the last year and our journey as each name is called. Each person is special in this world…. someones child, tomorrows adult, and special. The then I will sadly watch my friend and colleague give her last commencement speech as Principal of RBVHS. Change.
Listen to and witness change. I give a speech on embracing change to my students. I have to listen to my speech. Embrace change.
For me, graduation is coming full circle. It is the collective goal of my secular work coming full circle. From the nervous day of the first day of school when no one knows each other’s name to the big pomp and circumstance at the end. The transition: it is why I share all that I can every single year… holding nothing back. I love watching them learn and grow into young adulthood. Every year I have come to know and love 160+ more young people.
I am blessed and I love what I do.