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Berginski: Graduation is nigh

By Staff | May 16, 2014

The Rugby High School Class of 2014 will graduate in eight days. Other area schools will have commencement ceremonies at relatively the same time. Most colleges in the state have probably graduated their students by now.

I suppose, since this column is about graduation I have a few options on how to go about it. I could write a “big day survival guide”, since I was in their shoes seven years ago. But seven years is a long time, and there are days I don’t even remember what I had for lunch. I suppose I could also write the speech I would give if I were to be a commencement speaker. But, knowing me, I’d probably bore them to death. I could write a column giving advice, but why? Benjamin Franklin once said “Wise men don’t need advice” and “fools won’t take it”. Plus, John Steinbeck said, “No one wants advice, they want corroboration.”

But this isn’t about me, this is about the class of 2014.

If you’re a member of the class of 2014 (and you’re reading this), graduation day is about you; your accomplishments, your endeavors. It’s closing a chapter of your life, and opening another.

For all intents and purposes, you and your classmates are now adults, with incoming rights, privileges and responsibilities. Every decision you, as an adult, make from here-on-out has consequences, and while your mommy and daddy will be a phone call away they won’t always be there to bail you out.

Wear what you’re going to wear to your open house underneath your gown. (Unless you had your open house prior to graduation day.) You don’t want to be forever labeled as the person who went naked to graduation. It also saves on laundry, whether you do your own or your mom does it for you.

Go to the bathroom. You’re going to be sitting there for a while, and the “I gotta pee” dance is oh-so-distractingly obvious.

Spend as much time with your friends as you can. There will come a time when you may not get another chance. The same goes for your family. And while you’re at it, go ahead and take that “selfie.” I know they say you’re a part of the most narcissistic generation ever, but it’s graduation day. This is one of those days you can afford to be a teeny bit narcissistic. (So is your college graduation day, wedding day and your birthday.)

You can look to the future. You can reflect on the past, or what could’ve been. But if you do it too much you could be distracted in the present.

Good luck, Class of 2014, in all your future endeavors. I guess I kind of did a bit of everything I said I wasn’t going to do in this column. Ah, crap.

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