A letter to graduates from our publishers
COURIER LIFE, JUNE 25-JULY 1, 2021 27
Dear members of the graduating
class of 2021,
Congratulations on reaching this
incredible moment in your lives and
for working so hard to get here.
In some ways, we envy you. You
have reached this monumental milestone
at an incredible time in our city
and country as we reopen and recover.
Out of a very dark period in our history,
the light is fi nally beginning to
shine for everyone — and especially
on you, as all kinds of new opportunities
Things are fi nally getting back to
what we thought of as normal. Many
of you did get a chance to stride onto a
stage in a cap and gown to get your diploma
or degree, shake the principal’s
hand and wave to family and friends
in the crowd.
All around, social life is returning.
The advances of science and medicine
have allowed us to once again enjoy
each other’s company, to appreciate
special occasions and moments in our
Now the future is yours, and what
a bright light that is ahead on the road
of life. You have so many other special
occasions and moments ahead,
so many other objectives to achieve.
How will you get there?
Those of you who just received
your college degree can make an immediate
impact to help improve our
city, state and country as you venture
out into the “real world” your parents
have always talked about.
All kinds of job opportunities are
at your disposal. Take advantage of
them. Find something you want to do
in a fi eld for which you are passionate.
If that opportunity doesn’t present
itself right away, consider being a
volunteer. Take an internship! Nothing
is better than experiencing the
world, even in unpaid positions, until
you fi nd a paid position. Your creativity,
your skill set and your desire will
make the difference when hiring begins.
For those of you heading to college
next year, get ready for a unique time
in your life. Enjoy each day! Make
friends and new connections. Take
advantage of every real world opportunity
to fi nd the career you want to
Nothing is better in life than doing
what you love. If it’s something
you’re emotionally and intellectually
invested in, pursue it.
As for middle school students heading
into high school, the next four
years will be fi lled with new friends,
harder courses and test after test after
test. Welcome to the next level of
your academic career; take one day at
Study hard and work hard. The
path to success is very simple: Work
hard. Throw yourself into school activities.
High school is full of all sorts of
afterschool activities beyond sports.
Take part in them. Begin fi nding your
passion, join a club (or two), make
new friends and learn more about the
world around you.
Remember always the people who
have loved you and who have cared
about you to bring you to this point
in your life. A thank you to the wonderful
families who have helped their
children succeed. We’re sure you’re
bursting with pride.
Be hopeful for their future. They
will make you proud!
Thank you, teachers and professors,
for helping not just to mold your
students’ young minds, but also to
inspire them to be the best that they
can be. As an educator, it’s not merely
about passing on facts or assignments;
it’s about instilling enlightenment,
passion and dedication to your
students. You have helped them to
change the world for the better.
We congratulate you, graduates,
on your outstanding achievements.
Great challenges lie ahead. Pursue
them, be challenged by them and live
the life you dreamed.
Go, and do great things!
Co-Publishers, Schneps Media