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Stephanie Raper
In the Loop Editor

Graduation 2012

As the school year ends and seniors look ahead to their future, I have noticed many parents looking back to the beginning of their child’s school years.  Many “First Day of School” pictures have appeared over the weekend on Facebook.  The tug at the heart that comes when your children are growing up and preparing to leave the nest has already begun. 

            In today’s world of social media we have immediate access to the thoughts and activities of those around us, and we have the ability to share our information with others.  Students now literally have the world at their fingertips.  They can be “friends” with others halfway around the world and can access information in a few minutes that would have taken their parents hours or days to accumulate when they were in school.  The present technology opens up realms of job possibilities for students as well.   Students can now consider a job in another country while still living in the United States due to the ability to “commute” online.  No longer are we tied down by location.  The world is an open market-place where anything is possible. 

            Friday night, May 18, 2012, Grenada High School seniors will walk across Charger Stadium and take their seats for commencement.  Twelve years of friendships, studying, community service, sports, and other activities will culminate in just a few hours.  Some graduates will stay here in Grenada; others will go on to college or work in other towns and states.   No matter which direction they take, all will remember the night of their graduation and their days at Grenada High School forever. 

       While the “First Day of School” pictures have been popping up on Facebook, I have also seen several class reunions referenced.  These people are looking back on their own high school years.  In ten years, this year’s graduates will face their own class reunion.  It will be time for them to look back on the good times at Grenada High School.  With today’s technology,  these first time reunion attendees will not be surprised at how their classmates have changed.  Most will have kept in touch on Facebook or Twitter or another online social networking site.  Will class reunions become a thing of the past as more and more people sign onto these sites?  I think not.  There is still a lot to be said for personal, face-to-face interaction.  No matter how technology advances or how easy it is to stay connected online, there will always be the desire for people to gather, thumb through old yearbooks, embrace old friends, and to laugh and cry over days gone by.    

            So make plans to attend Grenada High School graduation, Charger Stadium, Friday, May 18, 2012 at 7:00p.m.  Maybe you will come face-to-face with old classmates or watch as their children toss their caps to the sky.  Congratulations to  the graduates; your hard work has paid off.  Keep these words in mind as you walk across the field at Charger Stadium for the last time:   

Graduation is only a concept.  In real life every day you graduate.  Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life.  If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference Arie Pencovici.