Lessons from the Lighthouse District: Graduation season | Columns

Yet again, it is the season when graduating seniors in Halifax County Schools and across the nation are getting ready to walk across the stage with anticipation as they accept their high school diplomas.

Halifax County educators, guardians and loved ones will join more than 100 Halifax County Schools seniors as they commend this significant accomplishment in a couple of short weeks. This remarkable milestone is cause for festivity and, sometimes, a dash of sadness as scholars and guardians understand that new alumni will leave the commonality of secondary school, instructors and companions to confront the following piece of their lives.

This is usually an exciting and emotional moment for graduates, guardians and families as it is for instructors, administrators, and even directors. I have been in Halifax County Schools long enough to recollect when these prospective alumni began secondary school. When the hotly anticipated graduation day shows up, and I get the distinction of giving confirmations to new alumni, I will see a full scope of feelings in their appearances. A few understudies will all grin and give the impression they are fit to be done with school so they can go out and leave behind a legacy. In a real sense, some will dance across the stage as though they have been anticipating this day since they initially ventured into a school building as inquisitive small kids. Different scholars will have a serious look at their countenances as though they cannot precisely accept this day has shown up and consider what comes straight away.

For a couple of students, their lips might tremble, and a little water might gush in their eyes as it occurs to them that they are no longer kids. They are grown-ups! Maybe they, out of nowhere, acknowledge they are abandoning all they have known and cherished, their usual range of familiarity, and have become uncertain about what might lie ahead. Many areas were yet undetermined exactly how they needed to manage their lives. The heaviness of considering such significant choices lays intensely on their young shoulders; they believe this day has shown up and think about what comes straight away.

For all graduates, the ceremony is verification of accomplishment. They can be glad to realize their recognition addresses the schooling they have endeavored to acquire. The confirmation shows they can adhere to responsibilities and beat hindrances. As superintendent, I experience a sensation of fulfillment in the information that our teachers have been setting up these seniors for graduation since the primary day they entered our schools. For a long time, from prekindergarten through their senior year, guardians and educators have focused on the significance of getting their high school diploma to guarantee a superior monetary future for the alumni. Finally, they will accomplish that objective.

I can hardly hold on to seeing them make the following strides in their lives alongside my satisfaction for them. Many will happen to attend college or specialized schools for preparation. Still, others will enter the labor force and start their vocations. Whatever pathway they pick, I realize their educators have set them up well. I am confident their future and our own will be more splendid given our alumni’s commitments to the world.

I anticipate seeing them flourish and will tune in for fresh insight about their numerous achievements as they proceed to learn and turn into the up-and-coming age of pioneers.

Eric Cunningham is the superintendent of Halifax County Schools.

Eric Cunningham is the superintendent of Halifax County Schools.


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