I’m sure you probably think I say graduation simply because I’m an educator, but you would only be partially correct. I love graduations simply because it’s the one occasion where we thank and celebrate “The Village”. We come together as one and salute the graduate, the parents, family and friends, neighbors, teachers, and even the church “family”, all part of “The Village.”
My own graduation from Morgan State University will always be a fond memory. I was that non-traditional student who took the long way to college via marriage, babies, jobs, and then college. Although it was a struggle, “My Village” made it all doable. Hubby, my kids, my Mom, family, friends, neighbors, and the Morgan State community loved and supported me during that time.
Tabernacle Community Daycare Center, sponsored by the church my daughter attends in Georgia, held a “graduation” for their preschoolers. The Daycare enrolls children from the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old. I was lucky enough to witness the love provided by the staff at this daycare during a recent visit to GA in March. I was an invited guest of the Director to read to one of the classes during their Dr. Seuss celebration. Mrs. Mary-Anne Carter, the Daycare Director, understands the importance of having “The Village” involved and invites parents and friends of the community to participate in activities. Mary-Anne shared a quote from the Pastor, who spoke at the graduation, “Our children are not expenses, but an investment.” This is a message we should all take to heart. It’s obvious these preschoolers, just beginning their education journey, are loved and supported by “The Village”. Congrats to these children, Mary-Anne Carter and staff of Tabernacle CDC.
This past Saturday was graduation for Morgan State University. Morgan State Univ. campus is an example of “The Village” lending support. Sometimes babysitter schedules and class schedules overlap. This was the case for my friend and fellow classmate Monica at MSU. Monica would show up to class with her daughter Skye, the cutest toddler ever at the time. Skye would only be there for a short period at the beginning of class until alternative arrangements could be made. Invariably a friend or classmate would show up to take care of Skye while Monica was in class. It wasn’t an everyday occurrence, so there wasn’t any disruption of the class or any hassle from the professors while the exchange took place (“The Village” at work).
Skye was also a passenger in the back seat of the car as we drove from Baltimore to another county to spend the day with her Grandmother while we continued on to our assigned school for student teaching. No stranger to the college campus, it was just a matter of time before Skye would be a student at MSU. Although Skye started at Morgan right after her high school graduation, she stumbled and stopped like so many other students. We all have our “own time” to find our passion. After a short time, with love and support from her family and “The Village”, Skye found her way back to MSU. This time was the right time and Skye graduated on Saturday from Morgan State Univ. Congrats to Skye, Monica, and “The Village”.
Whether it’s a Preschool, Elementary to Middle School, Middle School to High School, Technical School, or College graduation, they are all milestones and part of the graduate’s story. Consider yourself “blessed” if you were a part of a graduate’s special day!
Congrats and love to all the graduates and “The Village”.