Yearly round this time, our highschool seniors and their households and mates get an opportunity to look again at challenges overcome in addition to rejoice the alternatives that fortitude has offered.
To easily say this yr is not any exception can be an enormous understatement. By no means has a yr existed that merited such reflection fairly like this one does.
For the Class of 2021, whose junior yr was minimize unceremoniously quick by the identical COVID-19 pandemic that additionally forged a protracted shadow over their senior yr, the street so far has been a protracted one — and that’s simply referring to the previous 15 months or so.
After that shortened junior yr and the summer season of uncertainty that adopted, members of this yr’s graduating class had to determine easy methods to deal with going to highschool with out, for probably the most half, truly going to highschool. On high of getting to organize for the subsequent huge step of their lives in an unprecedented method, with out the standard examples to look to, they needed to cope with consistently fluctuating schedules for sports activities and actions on high of the uncertainty posed by the pandemic in addition to quite a lot of different social and political distractions.
They usually needed to do all of it with out a lot of the dear face-to-face time that’s not solely useful for the tutorial course of, however that additionally offers very important social interplay and stress aid, as nicely.
That’s only a small a part of what makes celebrating graduations at our native excessive colleges all that extra vital this yr. It’s additionally why we had been completely satisfied to see so many Weld colleges — Northridge, Early School Academy, Greeley West, Union Colony, Greeley Central, Windsor, Highland, Platte Valley, Weld Central, Prairie and Pawnee — internet hosting in-person commencement ceremonies this weekend.
A pair colleges — Eaton and Windsor Constitution Academy — hosted ceremonies earlier this month and a handful extra — College, Roosevelt, Valley, Fort Lupton, Briggsdale, Frontier Academy, the Greeley-Evans Different program and Jefferson — are set to host ceremonies within the coming weeks and months.
Whereas it’s true many of those ceremonies embrace restrictions on issues like masks and the variety of visitors college students are allowed to ask, it’s additionally true for most colleges, there are far fewer of these restrictions this yr than there have been final yr, when some colleges didn’t host one in any respect whereas others waited months to take action.
Additionally, like we stated earlier than, it offers households and mates an opportunity to look again and rejoice every part their graduate completed, and the way a lot they needed to overcome to take action.
Throughout the numerous ceremonies this weekend, we heard from extremely completed college students in addition to those that have needed to overcome astounding challenges to make it to their respective stage. All of them offered wonderful examples of why dedication and dedication are such vital attributes, and what may end up from making common use of each.
These messages are certainly vital for college kids in every single place. Nonetheless, with the incidence of those ceremonies coming proper as our neighborhood and society normally are getting ready to reopening in earnest after the pandemic, we imagine these messages are particularly vital for all of us this yr.
They function reminder that, no matter circumstance, Weld County residents have at all times discovered a approach to overcome the obstacles introduced to them in pursuit of a greater life for themselves and their households.
That type of fortitude has lengthy been a trait related to the individuals of Weld County. After watching our numerous highschool communities rejoice our latest batch of graduates and listening to a few of their tales, we’re assured that can proceed to carry true.
Congratulations to the Class of 2021.
— Greeley Tribune Editorial Board is product of Jerry Martin, editor; and Lindsay Haines, occasions supervisor. Martin could be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editorial responses could be submitted to email@example.com.