Monday, July 20, 2009

The Spring/Summer '09 Graduating Class

This was a happy weekend for us at the Charles MacPherson Academy. On Saturday students wrote their final exams, on Sunday they graduated from the program and as of today they are beginning their private service careers with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in their new field.

I always have mixed feelings on graduation day at the end of the 8-week program. On the one hand I'm happy and proud of the students and I'm genuinely excited for them as they enter the workforce. On the other hand, I'm always a little sad to see everyone leave. I guess I'm suffering from the empty nest syndrome.

To continue with the nest metaphor, I was very happy to see an alumnus "return to the nest" for the graduating ceremony. I always tell students that they should feel that the Academy is their home away from home. It was truly gratifying to know that those words were taken seriously by our top graduate from the previous session.

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