By Kristi Delongchamp | Firm Development
Graduating from high school is a time for celebrating accomplishments, enjoying prom and senior all-nighters, and walking across the stage to receive your diploma. This year, that celebration has been completely turned upside-down.
I was overwhelmed with sadness when I realized that my high school graduate wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience those “typical” senior activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s ironic because most of these kids were born during the 9/11 crisis and now they’re graduating during a world health pandemic with really no closure to their senior year…they are the class of “unprecedented times” yet they just kind of roll with the punches. They just seem to take things in stride.
To me, high school graduation is one of those milestones that you never forget…an experience that stays with you for a lifetime. I love that teachers and administrators across our country are not allowing this virus to define our children and downplay their achievements. We have seen educational institutions thinking outside the box holding various events to honor our seniors. Some schools have hosted virtual graduations or “drive-thru/drive-in” graduations while other districts are holding out hope they will be able to host in-person ceremonies later in the year.
My son’s school has taken “porch pictures” of the graduates in their caps and gowns and posted them on social media. My neighbors decided to hold a “drive-by” graduation parade to honor the kids since we had two graduates in the neighborhood. Our town has pulled together and organized an “adopt-a-senior” campaign where families “adopted” graduates and dropped off baskets of goodies to show and celebrate their accomplishments. My employer engaged our staff for some help to personally recognize graduates of our staff and advisors. We haven’t given it to the seniors yet…so I can’t go into detail and spoil the surprise, but it’s great to see everyone come together!
If you know of a graduate, I challenge you to make sure to let them know their achievements haven’t gone unnoticed. Let them know how incredibly proud we are of them. The smallest gestures can be memories of a lifetime! Remember, this is a great time to pay it forward to others. Random acts of kindness honoring someone doesn’t always require heavy lifting…and social distancing doesn’t mean going unnoticed and forgotten!
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