High school commencement is the day every student and parent looks forward to for 13 years. Some graduates will choose to go to college, some to a technical school. Some will defend our country and join the military, and some will go into the workforce.
Regardless of the path they choose, they have been influenced by many people who have shaped who they are and who they will become.
On May 24, 560 Gahanna Lincoln students will walk across the stage to accept their diplomas and mark the end of an important chapter in their young lives. Parents will beam with pride and, in many cases, shed a tear. As a parent, this journey began at birth and has included midnight feedings, scraped knees, the first day of kindergarten, the first dance, homecoming, the first heartbreak, prom and the stress associated with reminding a son or daughter about the importance of graduation and obtaining a diploma.
For some, this journey has been easier than others, but on May 24, the class stands united, having met all of the requirements for graduation.
I want to thank each and every parent for their dedication and continued support of their student in achieving this milestone.
In addition to parents, one cannot talk about graduation without including the tireless efforts and commitment from our staff members. From the first day of kindergarten through finals as a senior, our students have been taught by some of the best teachers in the state. In my two years in this district, I have been impressed by the commitment, effort and amount of time our teachers dedicate to the success of their students.
Too often, we fail to recognize the work of our teachers and their love for shaping the future of their students. Again, I want to thank each and every teacher, administrator, secretary, custodian, cafeteria worker, maintenance worker and bus driver for their efforts in helping to provide a quality education for each and every graduate who has walked through our halls.
Finally, I want to thank the community for their continued support and confidence in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District. Because of your efforts, we have been able to provide our students with a quality education and prepare them for their next step in life.
The old adage, "It takes an entire village to raise a child," has never been truer.
On behalf of the school board, we want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success -- past, present and future -- of the class of 2014.
Congratulations, class. Go out and take the lessons you have learned and make an impact, like the other graduates who have come before you.
Lions are leaders.
Francis Scruci is the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools superintendent.