It’s April 2020. Fifty years this June since I graduated Edwin Denby High School in Detroit.
This year, 2020, … the year of coronavirus … has forced schools across the globe to cancel traditional spring graduation festivities. Graduation for this year’s crop of seniors will be vastly different from the past.
All across Facebook users are sharing their high school graduation photos from years gone by. You can see mine here.
Many are taking part to join in a virtual tribute … a celebration of sorts … in a show of support for this year’s round of graduates who will miss out on the long-established tradition of donning cap and gown, waiting for their name to be announced, then promenading up the dais to be handed their diploma. At least today’s seniors will have their photos to share.
It’s sad. It’s different. But it’s also special.
Graduating high school comes by but once. It’s sad to miss out on the plans, the expectations, the parties. The pomp and circumstance.
Some schools may hold delayed graduation ceremonies. Some may hold virtual group ceremonies. Nice gestures. But let’s face it. It won’t be the same. Not for students. Not for proud parents. Not for faculty or staff.
It will be different, with no way to bump out the dents of tradition missed. That won’t be forgotten, along with some lingering sadness for what might have been.
By next year … by this fall or summer even … seniors will have shed their upper class mate status and entered into the next phase of their lives. Starting again as freshman in the daunting world of adulthood. For some that will be college. Others gap year. Still others job, or any number of different combinations.
That’s special. The future is full of special.
It always has been and it always will be. My wish is for this year’s graduates, indeed all of us, to look forward. Look for opportunities to make the world better, special. Find your unique path and rock the heck out of it as best you can, even when some bumps and ruts temporarily block your path and alter your course.
In the meantime, here’s some well-deserved Pomp and Circumstance for this year’s graduates:
How has this year’s altered any of your graduation celebrations this year? Please, share in the comments.