Heads up! It’s graduation season. From where we sit, that means two things: accomplishment and change. And we’re seeing it at all levels, from those who have earned graduate degrees at Central Connecticut State University to the 36 men and women who received diplomas at Bristol’s Adult Education Center Thursday night.
The young men and women who will say goodbye to their high schools will have their moment in the spotlight next month, CCSU undergraduates get a turn Saturday, and Tunxis hears the notes to Pomp and Circumstance next week, but for now it’s the adults who, despite family and work obligations, financial and health concerns, put in the effort and made the sacrifices necessary to earn their degrees.
At CCSU, President Zulma Toro told the graduate level group that their diplomas came with obligations, noting “We expect you to get involved in the future of the community you are part of shaping.” That is, to be an active participant in democracy, an advocate for human rights and diversity and a part of a dialogue to “find solutions to the challenges affecting our cities, state and country.”
Meanwhile, in Bristol, Transitional Specialist Jacqui Strawson pointed to the obstacles that many of 36 graduates overcame and the support offered by the center. “Whether it’s homelessness or transportation, we will work with the student to ensure their future.
Or, as Director Lawrence Covino, put it, “You walked through the doors here and now you will be walking through another door to your future.”
That future, of course, now holds greater promise, thanks to the effort it took to earn those degrees, both for the graduates and their families and the communities that supported them. Congratulations to all!