The Revere High School Class of 2011 will hold its graduation exercises tonight at Della Russo Stadium. It will be a night for the grads and their families to mark an important milestone in their lives and also to acknowledge the accomplishments of the Class of ‘11 as a group.
A high school graduation in a small town such as ours always is a cause for joyful celebration. A community can take justifiable pride in having prepared its young people for the next phase of their lives.
For the parents of the grads, it is a bittersweet moment. Though they certainly are delighted to see their children become adults, they cannot help but be thinking of these words from that song in Fiddler on the Roof as they watch their sons and daughters step to the podium to receive their diplomas:
Where is the little girl I carried?
Where is the little boy at play?
I don’t remember getting older
When did they?
And for the grads themselves, Graduation Day is both the most exciting and most ambivalent day of their lives, as they prepare to leave the family, teachers, and friends who have nurtured them and embark on a journey that they cannot possibly imagine as to where it will lead them.
We offer our congratulations to the Class of 2011 for a job well done and wish them the best in the years ahead.