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Happy Graduation!

June 13, 2009

Tags: change, graduation, growth

Everywhere you look, you can’t miss the “CONGRATULATION GRADUATES!” and “HAPPY GRADUATION!” signs. And, as I’ve seen each one of them, I got to thinking about the last time I actually “graduated” from somewhere or something.

Sure, thoughts gravitate to my own graduations—junior high, high school, college—and most vividly graduate school. In fact, I can remember the crisp, cloudy, June day that I posed for snapshots in front of the Horizon Center (now, the Allstate Arena) after receiving my masters degree like it happened last week.

But, after picking up the mental confetti and the streamers of this nostalgic parade, my thoughts turned to the other definitions of the verb “graduate” like “to change gradually or by degrees” or “to advance to a new level of skill, achievement, or activity.” I asked myself, “When was the last time you did one of those things?” (more…)