Lessons Learned at High School Graduation

Kindergarten through 12th grade…

Blacksburg High School 2011 Graduating Class, Burruss Hall Auditorium, Virginia Tech Thirteen years of parenting a prospective college student, 15 years if you count two years of preschool, and all of it reduced to a 3-second walk across a stage, a handshake and a sheet of paper that days later will be stuck on the top shelf of a bedroom closet.  It was a small moment in time and a very big deal in the life of this parent, and I'm thankful it's over.

Now, it's all about the future and where to go from here which is precisely what the commencement address was about. Professor John Boyer delivered a terrific speech to the 2011 graduating class of Blacksburg High School and, to my surprise, there was something there for me, too.

Excerpt from Commencement Speeches Aren't Just for Graduates (via Handshake 2.0)

On June 10, 2011, I sat in the sweltering hot Burruss Hall auditorium at Virginia Tech, fanning myself with the Blacksburg High School graduation program, waiting for the ceremony to begin. My interest in being there was singular: I was there to watch my daughter walk across that stage and accept her diploma. Five minutes before the graduation ceremony was to begin, I stopped fanning and thought to open the program to find out who was scheduled be the commencement speaker. I smiled as I read the name “John Boyer.” 

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