Well, boys and girls, it’s been a long, harsh winter, but the school year is winding down and summer is here to stay. Oh, glorious salvation.

Well, boys and girls, it’s been a long, harsh winter, but the school year is winding down and summer is here to stay. Oh, glorious salvation.

The senior prank is pulled. The caps and gowns are delivered, the speeches are readied, the finals are rolling out. The seniors are ready to pop, the teachers have itchy detention trigger-fingers, and the underclassmen are lamenting the fact that they’ll be back, bright and early, come August.

I love this time of year. I love watching the seniors while they make that transition out of high school. I love all the ceremony and the robes and caps and tassels. It’s all so significant. There’s this invigorating feeling of liberation that courses through the whole school. All the anticipation of 13 years is bundled up into these last few days. The last few days of high school, ever.

 As we’ve slogged through the last month of this school year, I’ve tried to wrap my head around the idea of graduation. It’s difficult to imagine this thing that has defined the last 12 years of my life suddenly being over. And in the same moment, it is absolutely soul crushing to realize that I still have another year to go.

In the midst of the chaos of high school, I think we sometimes lose sight of what we’ve been pushing for over so many years. Earning a high school diploma isn’t easy, and it’s something many people never accomplish. I think in the crush of clubs and tests and classes and school spirit, we forget that what we’re doing in high school is something significant and something to be recognized.

I have the privilege this year to be an usher at the Blue Springs High School graduation. The ushers are permitted to leave once the ceremony begins, but I think I’ll stay. I can’t begin to express how happy I am for the class of 2010. I want to see them graduate.

Congratulations, graduates. I hope everything you put into high school seems worth it, now that you’re finally here, at the end of the road. I hope you recognize how incredible this accomplishment is. Enjoy every moment of your celebration. You’ve earned it.