Certainly, it is graduation season in May & June in America!
I have two graduation ceremonies to attend this year for my twin step daughters, Jennifer and Victoria. Last week, Josh, Thomas and I drove for 10 hours to Miami University in Ohio for Jennifer's graduation.
Usually, big universities and colleges in America have their own football team with a huge stadium. Many events are held in such a facility. Jennifer's graduation was held at Yager Stadium, which can hold up to 20,000 people.
Although it did not rain, it was extremely cold on that day and everyone was freezing. The audience was filled with families and friends who were gazing at the graduating students. About the 2000 graduates were waving and smiling at the audience, while cheerfully walking in. Then... there was a big tear coming from Josh's eyes. I was surprised to see the energetic march of the graduates, who wore the red school colored gawn and felt the great exciting atmosphere which is almost like a festival.
Then they took a seat in the middle of the filed. Also, scenes like this one represent the American culture; the graduates started calling their family and relatives to let them know where they are seated and waving hands to each other.
There was a family who immigrated from South Africa next to our seats. As soon as the father found his son after a long search, calling his name in Spanish, he could not help but jump out of his seat, waving his big handkerchief to his son. It was very memorable.
Out of the many famous figures, who gave wonderful speeches, there was one which stays in my memory. "Stand up, all the graduates," the speaker said. "I agree that it is your hard work for the past four years that made such a great accomplishment come true. However, there is one more thing I would like you to remember. That is, this accomplishment is not only yours. Please keep it in your mind for the rest of your life that there are the people in the audience who supported you until today who brought you a huge success. Therefore, I would like you to turn to the audience and send them 'thank you' from the bottom of your heart."
The 2000 graduates then shouted their "thank you!" "I love you," which echoed and filled in the sky.
Many young people may feel shamed or shy when their parents and relatives attend their graduation. However, when you ACTUALLY think about it, it is not possible to achieve anything without any support from your family and the people around.
We all support and encourage, and sometimes fight and disagree with each other. An event like this gives us a great opportunity to appreciate each other's being and celebrate the accomplishment all together because we all like each other.
Congratulation on you graduation.... and WE LOVE YOU, Jennifer! We are going to Los Angeles for Victoria's graduation this weekend!!!!!!!!