It is that time of year again. Students are graduating from high schools and colleges. The press will be full of reports of who is delivering what commencement address where with what sage advice for all those new grads. Booksellers will do a brisk business in Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Meanwhile, for the approximately two thirds of high school graduates starting college next fall, schools have been chosen and deposits sent. Visions of the college adventures that lie ahead may be dancing through their heads… while their parents ponder the tuition bills to be paid.
As one of two CED staffers personally involved in our nation’s graduation pageant this year, I in no way want to diminish the very real accomplishments of all these young graduates, or their excitement and enthusiasm about moving on to the next stage of their lives. They (and the parents who supported them) are right to reflect on and celebrate all they have accomplished and what lies ahead. Far be it for me to rain on anyone’s parade.