A message to graduates

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Now is the time for all good graduates of high school, college, university and medical school, to realize the rights, responsibilities and privileges that come forth with their degrees and their completion of this life phase of education.

That first fact is to realize the learning is lifelong. It does not stop when you get out of high school, university, medical school, law school, pharmacy school or technical college. It just begins to help you come to understand that this value of education is everyday for the rest of your life.

Now is the time to commit to lifelong learning at your job, church, home and vocation -- and the more you know, the more you are going to learn in the years ahead.

The world has changed so much in technology, education, jobs, commercial businesses and relationships that we must be prepared to keep on learning from our peers, mentors, co-workers, pastors, spouses, neighbors and friends that education does not ever stop at all.

The world of today demands that you keep on getting further credentials for your field of employment. Your vocation, brain, heart and health are constantly wishing to grasp at more facts, knowledge and information to make you wise and healthy.

Now is the time for all graduates to take on their responsibility to keep on learning in the field and on the job and with continuing education courses and reading and watching for new developments in your whole range of interests, hobbies and family lifestyle.

Now is the time for all graduates to come to understand that there are no breaks from school, as life is a school all its own for us to travel down its path to learn about the wonders of our technologies, sciences, job opportunities and life choices to make for yourself and your family.

Now is the time for all graduates to come to terms that life is seeking them to come and discover the vast world of wonderful information that can make them caring about the continued learning that goes on and on for their benefit and the good of the whole wide world.

So take this time to appreciate your present accomplishments. However, come to realize that this is just one step into a future of new beginnings and fresh hope for a better tomorrow for all you graduating this year.

(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)

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soldout
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soldout 05/21/11 - 06:15 am
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It is also a good time to

It is also a good time to make Jesus the biggest thing in your life and choose to live according to the "Word" and not the "World".

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/21/11 - 08:23 am
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College has been diluted down

College has been diluted down into something the masses can manage. Almost anyone can get into college these days, no matter the intellect and academic ability. College employees receive all forms of government money and leave students with tens of thousands of debt. A college degree is worthless today. About 10% of the population should go to college. The rest should start working and learning skills right after highs school. Over half the colleges should be closed and turned into car lots.

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MJ-12 05/21/11 - 09:24 am
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How is the air up there on

How is the air up there on your high horse Riverman?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/21/11 - 09:43 am
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MJ-12, our society simply

MJ-12, our society simply isn't suited for everyone being a college graduate. We need 90% of workers to be blue collar ones. College should not be something everyone does. When you design it so anyone can get a college degree you have made it like high school. Making it necessary for everyone to go to 4 more years of public school in the college setting is an idea, but unrealistic. Current day college is a fraud, taking billions from government and students who end up with worthless degrees. Turn half the colleges into USED car lots.

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seenitB4 05/21/11 - 10:37 am
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river is right....I don't

river is right....I don't know how high his horse is but I'm right up there with him... we need the blue collar workers too......some just aren't college material & saying so won't make it true....
Do you know how much a plumber makes today....or heating & air man....mine just made $485 for 40 minutes of work.....at least some of these jobs can't be sent to other countries.

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