Emmett O'Brien graduates celebrate with confetti at the end of the ceremony. Photo by Melanie Stengel
The early 20th-century march, “Pomp and Circumstance,” is something I’ve heard many times over the years at area high school graduations, including those of my two children in 2006 and 2008.
Last evening I attended the commencement ceremony at Emmett O’Brien Technical High School in Ansonia, and again heard the Sir Edward Elgar composition as the 130 smiling graduates filed into the gym.
“Pomp and Circumstance,” evokes conflicting emotions. And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.
It signals a happy time for parents, as it underscores a major milestone their sons and daughters have achieved.
But it also can spur sad feelings, as parents see their children are now grown and students come to realize that their lives will never be the same.
Their future lies ahead. But what will they do with that future?
We can only hope these teens heed the good advice given them by parents and teachers who have life experience and the wisdom it brings.
We wish all of the members of the Class of 2012 a happy and prosperous future in whatever field of endeavor they choose.