This point in the academic calendar leaves me both excited at a few weeks of a lighter schedule and a little sad that this particular group of students and time period in our lives can never be recreated. We have grown together this year, and I am more proud of all my students than I can really express.
The idea of commencement used to be lost on me. 'Why can't they just call it graduation?' Was my thought for years. Connotation is the difference. Graduation implies that something is complete or finished. Commencement implies that a new, exciting world is just around the corner, ready to be discovered.
Congrats to all graduates from this school year! Now, as I am fond of saying, "go and do!"