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Graduation Days and gifts

May 17, 2012 - Heather Ziegler
It's that season again, graduations around every corner. From preschool to college, students are being praised, rewarded, honored and relieved for graduation day to finally be here. Have we gone too far with the tiny ones who actually wear a cap and gown, receive a diploma and parties because they got through the struggles of preschool or kindergarten only to move on to grammar school the next year? It's cute and makes for great photos, anyway! As for grade school, high school and college, ceremonies are important and worth celebrating. I just think the expectations for these events have gotten very grand, however. In eighth grade I was thrilled to receive a new ballpoint pen set and a new beach towel. I'm not kidding. I was happy with that. My godmother did take me to New York City with her and that was about the best unexpected gift ever. For high school graduation my parents gave me a lovely ring that I still wear on occasion today. I don't remember much about monetary gifts but I was just happy to successfully cross the stage and receive my diploma from Doc. Viglietta. Today, money is the only gift that seems desired and who can blame kids who are heading off to college. They need every cent they have just to buy the books and make ends meet in the dorm. And when the college degree is safely in hand, a few extra bucks would be nice to acquire a wardrobe for the working world or make a down payment on an apartment. Note some of the graduates at West Liberty University last weekend decorated their graduation caps ...


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