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Grads' next stage of life begins now

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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This time of year is always special for our senior class. That's because for them, it's their first days of adulthood.

Last week, seniors at Shelton, CHOICE and Mary M. Knight high schools all donned caps and gowns and received their diplomas.

More than 280 Shelton students, inspired by the high school's two valedictorians and school staff, hooted and hollered Saturday during a large commencement ceremony at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.

Meanwhile, more than 40 miles northwest of them, Mary M. Knight's graduating class of nine students — eight of whom were in attendance — prepared to take the next step in their lives.

Two nights earlier, on June 9, CHOICE seniors listened to the inspired lyrics written by American songwriter Guy Clark, as performed by Thomas Purse, a former president of The Evergreen State College.

Emotions run high as students reflect on their journey to graduation day.

Tomorrow, North Mason High School students will have similar experiences at their commencement at the Kitsap Pavilion in Bremerton.

We always enjoy seeing our local seniors begin the next stages of their lives. While high school provides a great start for many students, it's often the next step that proves to be more difficult.

Whether that means attending college or a trade school, joining the military, finding a job or starting a family, a high school education provides our teenagers with the fundamental tools to do whatever they want to do in life.

We're proud of our senior class, but we know this is just the beginning for them — they still have plenty of life left and we're curious to see what they do.

We'll be there to document their journey.

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Original Publication Date: June 16, 2016

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