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I always feel like such a dope when I cry at graduation; it's actually happy time but I always cry a little!
Bossier Parish has got graduation down to a science at the Century Link Center. They start at 9:30 with Airline and run through the alphabet, running each high school through there on a very tight schedule. By the end of the day, Bossier Parish is filled with brand new graduates. It's an assembly line.
We lined them up, checked their robes, helped boys with ties, collected cell phones, spit out gum, got the late arrivals dressed and in place, and at 1:00 on the dot we were rolling. The faculty in attendance took seats on the side of the floor and the processional began.
I was fine until I saw one of my former students just bawling as she walked in. All her hard work through the years flashed through my mind; the struggles she's overcome, her personal story, the bonds she's made, and the love and support she received from this faculty, all hit me. And she was just one of 109. Their emotions are all over the place on graduation day, and I guess mine were, too.
It's a grand occasion and I've never been more proud of my school and my co-workers than I was today. Our kids presented themselves beautifully, our student speakers gave wonderful speeches, our faculty and administration did a fine job in handing out just over 100 diplomas to new graduates.
I loved these two - holding hands as they walked in.
Bearkat pride, forever.
Proud of you, Bossier High graduates! Congratulations!
Photo credit: Val Horvath, Shreveport Times