As the weather warms, my staff and I focus on the loose ends that still need to be tied to finish the school year successfully. Among those loose ends is the important and joyous responsibility we have of planning and carrying out graduation ceremonies. Just imagine the countless hours of preparation. If a student spent just one hour on homework each day from the time they were in kindergarten until graduation, he or she would have spent 2,340 hours. We know that many of our students have spent many more hours than that. That same student has had many teachers along the way that have culminated thousands and thousands of hours in preparation and teaching to help him or her reach that goal of finally walking across the stage. Administrators and support staff have expended countless hours working on the daily tasks to make each school year run smoothly; and who knows how many hours and sleepless nights parents have spent worrying, hoping, and planning to help their son or daughter graduate. It is hard not to get a little emotional when looking at some of the individual battles students, teachers, staff members, parents, and other stakeholders have fought along the way. Many have battled illnesses, financial issues, and personal loss as they strived to make a difference and work toward this goal. Vince Lombardi said, I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious. Commencement is a new beginning and a time to celebrate our victories. So let us gather together this year to celebrate the time and efforts of the Class of 2012. Let us all come together as a district to celebrate the battles that we, the students, and their families have won. This year, there will be enough seating for every teacher in the district to attend graduation and we invite all teachers to come and wish these seniors well as they start the next leg of their journey. Please pass the word that anyone who wants to congratulate the Class of 2012 may join us at the Dee Events Center on May 25 at 12:30 and later at MHS for the lighting of the M at 8:30 p.m. Morgan High School Class of 2012 can be proud because they have worked hard and have found themselves victorious on this particular battle field. Go Trojans!!