Commencement ceremonies are a bit different when you are sitting on the stage. You are expected to behave.
Graduations are inherently good. Goals accomplished and progress made toward dreams, or jobs, or student loan repayment plans.
I like the stories of grown up graduates. The ones who came back to clean up unfinished business. The ones who went to class at night, went to a job in the day, and care for their kids in between. Those kinds of grads make me happy.
It pleases me to be in a position to watch this happen on a regular basis. I get a front row seat to second chances. Beats living in a van that’s for sure.