This weekend will mark the start of a new beginning for
many area high school seniors. They will put on their
caps and gowns and take their first steps toward adulthood
while embarking on the next phase of their lives.
For some, it will mean joining the work force, or flying
overseas to experience new adventures, or joining the military.
However, for the majority it will be on to college.
First off, congratulations to all of you who have made it
this far. It is not a milestone that should be overshadowed.
However, in these challenging economic times, it’s more
important than ever for students to put their educations to
good use. Finding a job can be as hard as finding a needle in
a haystack, so it can seem.
Our advice is to make yourself as employable as possible.
Research what job fields are in need of workers, and pursue
a degree or certification in that field. Of course weigh in your
interests when doing so. If you are a more hands-on learner,
perhaps a trade school would be more suitable. There is also
the option of entrepreneurship.
While this is undoubtedly an exciting time in a young
person’s life, it can also be the most challenging. It is a time
to break away from the familiar walls and surroundings that
have become so recognizable. It’s a time to fly away from the
somewhat cocooned existence of small-town life and see
what the world has to offer. It’s a time to cut the umbilical
cord and expand one’s horizons.
Graduation is an exciting event for the students and
it also can be a difficult adjustment in a parent’s life. It is
hard setting a child free, but one hopes that most have the
responsibility to make a smooth transition. Graduation is not
the end _ it is the beginning of a young person’s life.
Milford’s graduation will be held Friday night at the
school at 7 p.m.; Cherry Valley-Springfield will hold commencement
exercises at Glimmerglass Opera on Saturday at
11 a.m.; and Cooperstown’s graduation will be on the back
lawn of The Fenimore Art Museum at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. If
it rains the celebration will be moved to the gym and will be
held at 2 p.m.
As area students graduate and begin new adventures, we
wish them well and hope they help pave the way to a better
America in the years to come.