Today is one of four days of graduation ceremonies this semester at my university. As a predominantly distance-education university, some of our students are rarely, if ever, on campus, and many travel long distances to be present for the graduation ceremony.
Graduands and their families are milling around, taking photographs, celebrating a milestone. As most of our students are distance students, they are also mature students, so there are small children, elderly parents, and all ages in between here for the day.
I love graduation days. I'm not involved in the proceedings, but there's a wonderful buzz and energy around the place. And as I look at the graduands, resplendent in their caps and gowns, many of whom have studied part-time over years, juggling jobs and families and life, their commitment to their own education keeping them going, I think, 'YES! This is worth celebrating!'