Thursday, May 19, 2011

Graduation today

Attended graduation today at the college where I teach (well, technically yesterday since it's past midnight).  Two things really affected me.  One was when the president asked the graduates "Who here is ths first in your family to attend college and graduate?" and a significant portion of the students raised their hands.  This is what community colleges are all about.

The other is when a student held up his diploma, smiled widely, and his mom took his picture.  His mom looked like she was bursting with pride and about to start crying.

When you teach, it's easy to get cynical.  You deal the most with the bad students who cause problems.  The better students often pass  by unnoticed.  At graduation, however, you see the successes.  Happy students celebrating a genuine accomplishement no one can take from them.

Congratulations to the class of 2011!

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