Our opinion: Congratulations, graduates | Editorial


It’s graduation season, when young hard-working and studious people (mostly, but not usually these days) put on their caps and gowns – in most cases – and stand before their friends, families , their neighbors, and the educators who have guided their paths and turn their acorns to the other side, a rite of passage that signals their lives are changing — and, in many ways, beginning.

Acquiring an advanced degree marks an important step in academic success, accomplishment and development, as well as a level of expertise and maturity.

And, in our society, it marks the beginning of adulthood, self-sufficiency – and the time to start paying off those student loans.

Winston-Salem is a college town, with several higher education institutions within our borders, all of high quality and with unique characteristics. Acquiring a degree from one of these schools requires a salute from us and many other members of the community. Congratulations, graduates.

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Graduation season began May 5 with 1,895 students receiving a degree, diploma or associate’s certificate from Forsyth Technical Community College in a ceremony held at the Joel Coliseum.

Student government president Mario Rosas Nava urged fellow graduates to remember that they can “…be whatever you want to be, do whatever you want to do, and your future is limitless. Remember that you are ready to go out into the world and change it for the better. Rosas Nava graduated with an Associate of Science degree in engineering and received a scholarship to continue her studies at NC State University in the fall.

On the morning of May 7, Salem College applicants received their diplomas in the homecoming held at the May Dell Amphitheater on campus, the Journal’s John Hinton reported.

It was the first Salem debut for Summer McGee, whose appointment as president of Salem Academy and College was announced last June.

“I am confident that Salem has prepared you well to continue your journey beyond the comfort of our campus and enjoy what lies ahead … to implement transformation and seize leadership opportunities,” McGee told graduates. .

Two hundred and seventy-four graduates of the UNC School of the Arts gathered later May 7 in a ceremony held at the Benton Convention Center, the Journal reported – students whose role is, as stated Chancellor Brian Cole, crucial to human civilization.

“Few things in history have moved cultures the way artists have,” Cole said. “The essence of what you do as an artist is to be immersed in the world and to engage with the people around you.”

Winston-Salem State University opened on May 13, the Journal’s Wesley Young reported, at the Joel Coliseum, with more than 600 students graduating.

“I am proud to say that I am looking to future doctors, lawyers, teachers, engineers and world leaders,” Dyamond Carr, president of the Student Government Association, told the assembled students.

“I know there were probably times when you felt like giving up,” school chancellor Elwood Robinson said at the ceremony. “But you did.”

Wake Forest University held its graduation ceremonies on May 16, with 2,200 students from 47 states and 36 countries outside the United States receiving degrees, the Journal’s Lisa O’Donnell reported. The program took place at Hearn Plaza for the first time since 2019. Newly appointed chairwoman Susan Wente was in attendance for the first time, along with keynote speaker Van Jones, a CNN political contributor. Jones praised the students for their resilience and urged them to build bridges during a time of political division.

Now allow us a brief address to each graduate: for many of you, your degrees will create opportunities for gainful employment and perhaps living in more exciting and exotic places. But we won’t mind if you stick around to contribute to our communities. We are proud of you. We wish you good luck. Go ahead and do good.


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