Graduation is always such a roller coaster of emotions. Parents can’t believe their babies have grown up so fast. Children can’t believe they finally made it and are ready for independence. Teachers are filled with pride and so much more. But this year is especially difficult given the current pandemic has changed how graduation ceremonies are being conducted.

It’s been 17 years since I walked that stage. I don’t know that it all really hit me at that moment. Sure, I was excited high school was over and ready to take on the next chapter of my life. But I sat in that arena, waited for my name, listened as the cheers rang out from family and friends, got my diploma, took some pictures and that was it.

Elizabeth Engelhardt is the publisher for the Seguin Gazette. Her column runs every other week. You can e-mail her at elizabeth.engelhardt@seguingazette.com .

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