Sunday, June 11, 2017

Special Graduation Ceremonies

We all have days in our jobs that are frustrating, but this past week I was reminded of why I love mine. I was so fortunate to be able to attend two very special graduations at BOCES. Nothing is more rewarding, or moving, than to watch students who have overcome so many obstacles in their lives graduate from high school.  

 On Thursday Nikki, Courtney, and Megan all graduated at a ceremony that was celebrated at the OCM BOCES, Liverpool Campus. These young ladies have overcome struggles at home as well as school, academically as well as emotionally, and have persevered to reach their goal of graduating from high school. Of course they could not have done it without the support of family and staff at BOCES who helped them reach that goal. Courtney gave one of the most moving graduation speeches I have heard. It brought tears to my eyes. I could not have been more proud of them all.

On Friday, Kyle graduated from the OCM BOCES McEvoy Campus in Cortland. This young man has grown and progressed in the past two years more than any of the staff that have worked with him had hoped and expected. He was smiling through the entire ceremony and gave a wonderful speech that expressed his thanks to all who helped him. I don't think there was a louder cheering section for Kyle, nor a dry eye after his speech.

To see the pride on the faces of these students, as well as their families and friends and the staff that have supported them through their journeys, was a wonderful reminder of why I decided to be a Special Educator. I wish them the best in the next step in their lives.

Now on to one more graduation on Saturday, I am hoping to make it through that one without many tears; it will be a challenge, but I'm excited to watch my own children and their classmates move on to the next phase of their lives as well!

Enjoy the sunshine now that it's finally here!
Sue