Good luck to the graduates

May. 17, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

With diplomas and degrees already being distributed, graduation season is upon us.

Many colleges and universities, including our own Central Carolina Community College, have held their commencement exercises. At CCCC, 541 students completed studies during the fall and spring semesters.

At area high schools, Class of 2013 members will soon don their caps and gowns — embarking on new journeys.

Whether the students are graduating from college or high school, it’s an exciting time for these young adults as they prepare to move into the next phase of their lives, whether it be higher education or the military or the working world.

Graduation speakers, no doubt, will share positive messages in their addresses. Kim Browning, chair of the CCCC Veterinary Medical Technology Department and the college’s 2012 Instructor of the Year, spoke to the graduation class at the college.

Her comments included: “Every one of you changed your life when you chose to come to Central Carolina Community College. You have taken an estimated almost 5 million steps if you enrolled at CCCC in 2011. Confucius said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The most important step is the one you will take tomorrow and the day after.”

Indeed, each step and each day brings new challenges and adventures.

Graduates will hear plenty of wise words this spring, all intended to encourage and inspire. No doubt, some of this advice will stick with them for years to come. 

Suffice it to say that this year’s graduates will experience their share of ups and downs. There will be great difficulties and even greater joys. Wherever their paths take them, they now have an education that will serve them well as they move forward.

Our wish is that all of our graduates will find success, both professionally and personally, and take great pride in their accomplishments, academic and otherwise. This is a special time, graduates. Enjoy it — and best of luck as you take your next step.