Peruse the greeting card aisle of any Kroger, Walgreen’s or Target lately and you’ll find a plethora of cards designed to congratulate, gift and wish well graduates—be they high school, college, graduate school, trade school or otherwise.
‘Tis that time of year when “Pomp and Circumstance” is often heard, parties and open houses pop up every Saturday and Sunday and steam irons are employed to get out the last bit of wrinkle from graduation gowns. There are beaming family members and proud friends all over the place. But you’d be hard-pressed to find any family or friends smiling more widely or bursting with more pride than those who are celebrating the graduation of a Family Scholar House participant.
On Wednesday evening, May 23rd, FSH celebrated the earning of college degrees of 24 of our participants. That’s right: 24! And we could not be more excited for these members of our family. They have overcome unbelievable challenges, fought through incredible struggles, and committed themselves to being the best parents and the best scholars they can be—and watching them walk is enough to make you believe anything is possible.
We’re also celebrating 7 high school graduations—children of FSH residents who are now headed to college themselves (with the exception of one who has been accepted into the United States Marine Corps). They, too, are cause for pomp and circumstance, because they’ve watched their single moms and dads become so much worth being proud of, and as a result, are dreaming some awfully big and lovely dreams for their own lives. Dreams that they’ll make come true with their own hard work, perseverance and determination.
Every graduation is special—but we lift up those who are Family Scholar House graduates as beacons of hope and testaments to courage. They are witnesses to the strength of community and shining examples of what it means to be part of something bigger than yourself.
We wish them all good things. Are thankful for being part of their lives. And know that because of each of them, the world is a better place.