Graduates should celebrate wisely

Published 8:14 pm Friday, May 22, 2009

Graduation is here, and we will be seeing our seniors head out into the real world for the first time.

We are proud of their accomplishments and, of course, want them to exceed their wildest dreams in their futures.

With commencement ceremonies will inevitably come the graduation parties, many of which will center around liquor, beer, and even drugs.

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We shouldn’t be shocked at this statement – it is an unfortunate reality in today’s society, and is permeated in much of today’s youth.

It is the parents’ ultimate responsibility to teach their children the dangers of drinking and driving, especially during this time of year–a time that is supposed to be filled with caps and gowns, balloons, awards, diplomas, and photos with family and friends.

The last thing anyone wants to plan this time of year is the funeral of a student who just walked across the stage to accept his or her high school diploma.

This also includes our college graduates.

After four years of hard work and studying, it is now time to enter the “real world” of work and family, even though many have already begun those stages in their lives, even in college.

However, for many fraternities and sororities, the graduation parties and binge drinking will continue to take place, and we as parents and responsible adults should give that final warning to our college graduates–don’t do it.

We expect our schools to teach our children so many different things, but it is the parents’ ultimate responsibility to teach their children the difference between right and wrong–between good and evil.

Don’t let your brand new graduate become a statistic during this special time of the year.

It is a time to celebrate–not bury future hopes and dreams.

Graduates, congratulations on a job well done, but celebrate your accomplishments wisely.