Why a high school diploma matters.

Having just attended the Commencement Exercises for Woodstock High School in Woodstock, Georgia, I have one thing to say: “A high school diploma matters.”

From the start with a gloriously performed National Anthem, the first part of the evening was full of expertly delivered speeches. One after another, academic and class leaders delivered poignant, inspirational, but most importantly, relevant messages for their peers. The Salutorian said it the best when she commented that a high school diploma is really about entry into adulthood.

Our young people need milestones like receiving a high school diploma for many reasons, but I can’t think of a better reason than entry into adulthood and all of the opportunity and responsibility it affords.

And . . . it’s not just the diploma that matters, it is the process of getting to Commencement that matters too.

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