There are as many differences in graduation rites as there are schools.
I've attended several as a graduation speaker over the years, but this last one—at Agapeland Christian Academy—stands out in my mind. I witnessed, ringside view, the graduates' confidence about their future.
When I graduated from grade school, I was clueless about where I was headed—except, of course, high school. But the Agapeland students were encouraged to dream, to see in their heart where they want to go. After receiving their diplomas, each of them took the mike:
“Fifteen years from now, I shall have become . . .
. . . a lawyer, helping victims of injustice.
. . . a pediatrician to help children whose parents couldn't afford medical fees.
. . . a chef so I can build a mansion for me and my family.
. . . a pastor!”
Grounded on Christian precepts, these graduates will certainly continue to be God's delight (“Becoming God's delight” was the theme) in the years to come.
Whether these dreams, or something better, will come true is immaterial. God in his infinite love and wisdom will guide these children who love Him to wonderful places they could not begin to imagine. They just need to be humbly open to God's unfolding of their future.
I was drenched with grace that day just by watching and hearing the children speak their minds and hearts—so clearly, so purely, so candidly.
One day, when time permits, I'd ask the teachers of Agapeland how they inspired the children to do it.