Much to Say about Our Graduates

This time of the year is special in all public schools because we get to see our young men and women leave us to go out into the world.  We tell our graduating seniors how tough it is out there, and we wish them the very best with life beyond the borders of our towns and cities.  We also try to warn them of avoiding some of the same pitfalls that we had because we want the very best for them as they go make a difference in our world.  As I remember my own high school graduation, it is funny to think about what was going through my mind.  I truly had no idea what to expect, but I was so excited for the next step in life.  I remember my parents telling me that, “You don’t even know what you don’t know.”  They could not have been more right in those words to me.

Today’s young adults have so many more opportunities than what we all had.  There are many careers today that did not exist years ago, and that definitely makes the world an exciting place.  For this reason, I think it is extremely important that our public schools continue to prepare our students for the unknown.  We want our world to be better, and our schools do an awesome job of giving our students a chance to make our world a better place.  These graduates are prepared to take on life’s challenges.  Yes, they will fail some of the time, but our hope is that they will always get up when they get knocked down.  They will also succeed, and we wish that our graduates will always remain humble and not forget the hard times.  Wow, what an opportunity that you have graduating seniors.  Take life by the horns and do not let go.

As an adult, a parent, and an educator, I appreciate the opportunity to work with so many students and their families.  There is never a dull moment in our public schools, and the relationships that develop between educators and their students are what makes it worth doing each day.  I am both excited and honored to be on the stage when our seniors get their diplomas each year.  The joy that you see in those graduates takes me back a few years to my own high school graduation.  No, I had no idea what was coming, but I was excited for the challenge.  Congratulations to all of the 2017 graduates and their families.  My hope is that you will be blessed, and may you keep your family close.

Judd Marshall
Mt. Pleasant ISD Superintendent