For the first time in three years family and friends can once again pack stadiums, arenas and auditoriums to celebrate high school and college graduations. Masks are off and the smiles are back, youthful faces grinning at each other, searching for family and friends in the crowd. Mothers and fathers anxiously searching for sons and daughters.
Graduations inspire us because they not only celebrate a significant achievement, they celebrate new beginnings, new possibilities and opportunities. Education offers to the young the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that equip them for the future. For those who are older, it offers the opportunity to re-tool, to start over, to pursue new dreams.