High school graduation. It’s a rite of passage that’s steeped in ceremony and tradition, an event that marks a symbolic end of childhood and the real-world start of adulthood.
Now is a time of transition for them all. Some will head to college. Others will serve our country in the armed forces. Still others will leap into the workforce. All too soon, it seems, they will start families – and the process they just completed will begin anew for the next generation.
The societal milestone that is graduation came in a rush this week at area high schools.
Matt Garcia Learning Center graduates marched Tuesday at the Fairfield Community Center, and were followed Wednesday by Fairfield-Suisun Adult School graduates at the same site. Sem Yeto High School seniors crossed the stage Tuesday at Solano Community College.
One might consider those warmups for the main event – large high school graduations – but they would be mistaken. Each represents a main event of its own. In terms of breadth and scope, though, the best was yet to come.
Rodriguez High School seniors took center stage Wednesday as hundreds of graduates turned their tassels and marched into their futures. Thursday saw a large-scale commencement at Armijo High, with the early evening sunshine bathing graduates in a warm glow. Country High School grads also received recognition of their accomplishments that evening in Vacaville.
Friday, though, was the true main event in terms of sheer volume, with seniors at five area high schools taking part in commencement exercises.
They marched at The Mission church in Vacaville – Buckingham Charter Magnet High School graduates, that is.
They marched by the hundreds at Fairfield High.
They marched at Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville, and at Rio Vista High.
Vanden High’s seniors that evening became the school’s 50th graduating class.
The end, then, came Saturday morning as Vacaville High School bid farewell to the Class of 2014.
To all who received diplomas or certificates of completion, we say, congratulations. You have accomplished something that nearly 20 percent of your peers could not accomplish. Your success serves as notice to the world that you have what it takes to succeed. We believe you will.