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Congrats Class of 2017The celebration of graduation is in the air and we will soon see the fly over’s during the Air Force Graduation, as well as, celebrating the graduates of University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Throughout the month and continuing into June and July, area high schools, colleges and technical schools fill the weekends with ceremony and festivities.

I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.
~ Maya Angelou to UC Riverside in 1977

Social media screens overflow with pictures of decorated mortarboards caps and gowned students of all ages. Co-workers, friends and family members, delight in the accomplishments of their graduate from preschool first timers to the middle school, high school and college grad pros.These are proud, joyful moments, many know what it takes to study, persevere, and complete a level of education. Families remember the sacrifices and time commitment to takes to put a loved one through higher education. Graduation ceremoniously marks the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Even if no one in your immediate family is graduating this year, we are reminded of the pomp and circumstance as political figures, celebrities, authors and admired heroes take the stage to speak at esteemed universities. Inspirational words from the best collegiate commencement speeches are widely share and reported on. Favorite commencement speeches of the past from David Foster Wallace, Steve Jobs, and John F. Kennedy are compared to the current year’s addresses. Who do you think will inspire and top the list for 2017 graduates?

The most popular gift for graduates?

Cash tops the list, followed by gift cards, clothing and electronics. In addition, depending on the age of the graduate, a book might be an appropriate addition to a gift of money.  What Color is your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles and Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger are popular for the college graduate. As are books on job searches, finance, investment and technology. Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss has become a traditional gift book and theme for younger graduates. Parents and grandparents generally spend more money on graduates ranging from a special piece of engraved jewelry or a laptop or desktop computer to weekend travel or vacation gifts.

How to celebrate?

The first part of the celebration is the formal ceremony. Part of the fun is cheering on the graduate when they walk in, their name is called, and diploma is presented. Iconic photos are memorialized when caps are thrown and when the students formally march out of the venue. After the ceremony, pictures are generally taken with friends and family members. Celebratory meals or friends and family parties can be formal or informal depending on the degree earned and the desire of the graduate.

Thank You To Our Community

Graduation is a community achievement. Behind every successful graduate is a team of teachers, mentors, coaches, administrators and family members who helped to make the day possible.

Whose graduation are you celebrating this year? Do you have a favorite commencement address or a favorite inspirational quote for the graduate?

Air Force Graduation:

Did you know…

After four years of hard work and thorough preparation to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force, graduation is an exciting time for cadets, family and friends. To keep focus on this important goal and milestone, fourth-class cadets (freshman) are required to know and name the number of days until graduation every single day of the academic year. [via]

The Air Force Graduation Ceremony will be held at Falcon Stadium on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 with fly overs. You can also get more info here and watch the live stream.