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Archive for Saturday, May 9, 2009

Congratulations, grads

The annual graduation festivities in Lawrence have just begun.

May 9, 2009

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Many activities in Lawrence revolve around the school calendar, which means May is a red-letter month full of graduations and new beginnings.

Haskell Indian Nations University held its commencement ceremonies Friday, and Kansas University will have a variety of ceremonies, hoodings and other events in the coming week before graduates take their traditional walk down the hill May 17. Lawrence High School and Free State High School graduates will receive their diplomas May 24.

It’s an exciting time for the graduates and their families, as well as for Lawrence, which is privileged to act as a host for the many guests who come to the city to celebrate the events.

Both high school and university graduations mark a time of significant change and opportunity. High school graduates are ready to spread their wings beyond their families and take on new challenges. Some will be looking for jobs, and others will be making plans to further their education and their career possibilities.

With the current economy, more than the usual number of university graduates also may be looking at further education opportunities. It’s not a great time to enter the job market, and graduate school may beckon.

Regardless of what the future holds, all of our local high school and university graduates have reason to be proud of what they have accomplished. Education still is one of the most significant factors in preparing for a satisfying and successful life.

To our graduates now looking for jobs, we wish you good fortune. The economy will improve and your new skills will prepare you to take advantage of the opportunities the future holds. To those who plan to continue their education or training, we urge you to savor your time as a student and take full advantage of the educational opportunities before you.

Lawrence is fortunate to have many high school and university graduates choose Lawrence as their home. For graduates who now plan to leave Lawrence, we thank you for the time you’ve spent here and the contributions you’ve made to our city. We hope you’ll return often and someday consider making Lawrence your home again.

Congratulations, grads.

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