I looked up the definition of the word commencement and it includes starting something and also the conferring of diplomas. Those seem like two different things. The start of something and the completion of something.
But maybe they are the same thing.
Today, our family will sit through several hours of speeches waiting for our son, the youngest of our three children, to walk across the stage and collect his diploma.
This is not our first rodeo in this regard and likely will not be our last as we already have one daughter in graduate school and hopefully there will also be another generation after this one.
But it is a milestone for us, as The Gotham Gal wrote about in the victory lap she took on Friday.
I have given several commencement speeches and my mindset with them has always been to look forward not backward. After all commencement means the start of something.
For our son Josh, it is the dawn of that exhilarating, confusing, and rewarding experience we called adulthood. I am excited for him.
For us, it is the end of the era of having our kids living with us, at least part of the time, and the start of what’s next.
I like starting things. I like looking forward. And I like commencements. They are hopeful, optimistic, and serious days. I am looking forward to enjoying this one today.