To the Editor:
Quote from the May 13 Northwest Herald, “Twenty years ago, it was different. Not many people went on to college. It was a different time, but things are changing. Kids are changing.”
That is right. I graduated from Woodstock Community High School 70 years ago in 1949.
We didn’t have school shootings; we didn’t have police at every door. Dedication, respect and thoughtfulness of others was the norm. We respected our peers and were so proud to graduate from a fine high school. We followed the rules and regulations.
Of the 77 students in our class, many went on to higher education. I can think of only a few that became superintendent of schools, several became teachers, one a historian, some went into nursing, several became heads of various corporations, and many are active in community organizations.
We used to kid about crossing the United States in a covered wagon being the 49ers, but we really did survive without cellphones, computers, TV and all the other electronics of today.
I have attended five graduations of grandchildren in the past six years, one from high school and some for their bachelor’s or master’s/doctorate at various colleges, and not one of them had decorated mortarboards.
They were grand occasions without all the gaudy decorations as shown in the newspaper. I remember when the tradition started. At first, a few words pasted on, then add a little of this and some of that, and now it has gotten out of hand. How ’bout lights, a firecracker or two?
I do not think decorations should be like as depicted in the photograph at graduation.