Yesterday was graduation. Traditionally, we have a large graduation class and of course, an audience. This year, we have 21 children graduating from our Early Child Care Programs and 12 from High School.
We decided to break into two groups and hold the event outdoors. However, stormy Erie weather changed that plan. Our first ceremony was at 3 p.m. indoors at school. The evening ceremony remained outdoors.
Graduation is both happy and sad for us. We are happy that our students are moving on, but we are sad to say goodbye to these children and families who we have come to know throughout the years and have had the good fortune to work with as part of our team. Many of our high school graduates began as preschool children, and they are leaving here today as adults. This is a major step in the journey of their lives, and their family’s lives. One that should be recognized for its significance. It’s an act not only of personal commitment, but also of pride. They and their families have worked hard to get to this day.
My challenge to each of our graduates is to continue to strive to achieve your full potential. The future is truly in your hands. You will always be a part of the Barber National Institute family. We are here for you as a resource, today, tomorrow and the years to come.
When Dr. Barber established the Barber National Institute 70 years ago, it was to ensure that all children and adults had every opportunity to go to school, get jobs, and become active participants in the community. Each of our graduates have met their goals through hard work, diligence, and dedication. We are proud of what our students have accomplished and are inspired by each of them.
Congratulations to the Classes of 2022!