Parchment or paper, graduates’ path to adulthood paved by diploma

I love milestones. Those important moments in our lives like marriage, the birth of a child, and graduation. Those periods in our lives when all we have worked for and worked hard at becoming culminate and bring out the best, and sometimes the worst in us. It’s the intensity of the moment that I cherish.

Imagine the intensity in Colorado a few days ago when an 85-year-old WWII veteran walked across a football field to receive his high school diploma. Rueben Ayala earned his degree 66 years after the fact in Brighton, CO to a standing ovation from the crowd and graduating seniors.

Ayala was drafted in 1944 right after his junior year of high school when he was 18. It’s safe to say that he was the first graduate at Brighton with 13 grandkids and 18 great grandchildren.

Even Lindsy Lohan recognizes the importance of a graduation ceremony. The starlet tried to hold back tears during an interview because she was so upset that she was going to miss her baby brother’s college graduation. Lohan had to appear in court during the same time.

Everywhere you look on the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, news channels, and especially the Disney Channel, people are talking about Selena Gomez, star of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” graduating from high school this year.

Here in Rockdale our stars are getting their very own parchment on June 4. Okay, so a diploma isn’t written on parchment anymore, but printed on thick stock paper made out of trees. However, calling it parchment amps up the pomp and circumstance a graduation ceremony deserves. There are still two universities, University of Notre Dame and University of Glasgow, that keep the tradition alive and use animal parchment for their degrees.

I hope that the graduates of 2010 can remember all their hard work, their early morning rising, their late into the evening studying, their weekends with friends, and the emotional highs and lows of their intellectual and emotional development. Because your loved ones do. They are part of our memories and collective history.

The high school diploma graduates will be holding in their hands on the RHS football field serves as the baseline for educational standards in employment and higher learning, and, more importantly, it is a pathway to adulthood in the United States.


Recipe had a boo-boo.

In last week’s recipe by Peggy Cooke, there was a “oops” that might result in a spongy “Hallelujah Banana Bread.”

The recipe should have read 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Check and click on Lifestyles page for a corrected copy. Or contact Kelley Zapata and she’ll print you out a corrected copy.

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