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Opinion

April 26, 2013

Graduation is always a great achievement

While many of us have been waiting patiently – some not so patiently – for spring to finally show up in Northern Indiana, students throughout the area have been busy working on term papers, taking tests and ordering caps and gowns. Even if the nice weather may be tardy to 2013, graduation season is upon us like clockwork, and that always gives us a warm feeling.

On Sunday, 244 students will receive their undergraduate degrees as part of Goshen College’s 115th Commencement class. Another 16 GC students will be awarded master’s degrees. College officials have an entire weekend full of activities and receptions – and rightfully so. A college or high school graduation is an accomplishment to be cherished, shared and certainly celebrated.

Local high school graduation ceremonies will begin with Westview on May 22 and conclude with Goshen, West Noble and Northridge on June 9. It is an exciting time of year indeed.

The value of a quality education and a college degree cannot be overstated as we move forward as a community and a society. A degree is not simply a piece of paper or a stamp of approval. It is symbolic of the long haul self-enrichment. Graduation marks the completion of one major goal and the beginning of another. It’s both and end and beginning, one of the significant mile markers of a life well lived.

We’re proud of all our 2013 graduates. We’re proud of Goshen College, the only residential college in Elkhart County that has established a national reputation for service-focused education philosophy. Ground for the current campus was broken in a wheat field back in 1903. The school have been producing productive community members ever since. We doubt 2013 will be any different.

Congratulations, 2013 graduations. Your accomplishments and future accomplishments make us all a little stronger.

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