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June 3, 2014

A special graduation day

There is no time more satisfying than seeing your grandson graduate from college. I had that opportunity recently and enjoyed it greatly. My eldest grandson Brennan graduated from Hanover College exactly (same day) as I graduated from Western New Mexico University 51 years prior. That fact, as well as Brennan graduating, made my day outstanding. Other than having a front row seat, right behind the faculty, and being out in the sun for three hours, it was a great day. I had gone to Madison and Clifty Falls State Park the day before stayed with Eric and his family in their camper and then on to the main event the next day.

We were situated next to the aisle that the graduates would be using to find their assigned seats. Brennan had been alert enough to get 10 seats for both sides of his family and we filled them up easily. I first off noticed the professors as they marched to the ceremony. They were generally older than I had anticipated and colorful with their capes of various colors denoting their highest academic achievement. They were all happy, to see some of the students leave I am sure, and seemed content to be a part of the ceremony. And my attitude that an academic (and politician) just cannot say in one paragraph what they can make into a minispeech proved valid once again.

I noticed the faces of the graduates as they progressed down the aisle and I saw the same satisfaction, happiness, relief that I had when I did the same thing 51 years ago. They all showed that I am invincible and can do anything I want. They are young yet old and as they had to adjust to the difference between high school and college now they had to adjust to the change from academic to real life. I am sure that they, as I did, will find they are going to be ridden hard and put up wet many times in their life. And how they adjust to that is what will make or break their future. They were on top of the world and just knew they would do better than their parents or grand parents, and I sincerely hope they do.

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