|Save the Date for grand daughter's graduation - now postponed|
I'm thinking about the 2020 graduates today. Our grand daughter is one of them and its still up in the air whether or not there will be a graduation ceremony. At first we didn't think so ... but now, they're setting the date for early June.
Personally, I'm not sure this is a good idea, but then no one asked me. I'm just a worried grandma. Yes, they will probably wear masks and do social distancing. More than likely, they will disinfect everything and limit numbers. But these are teenagers who will get swept up in the moment and all caution will be forgotten. I'm sorry, but to me a celebration isn't worth the risk of even one child's life.
We won't be attending. This is partially due to the fact that we're not traveling these days (it's a 5 hour drive), but also because DH has just finished his radiation treatment... and his immune system may not be up to par. Grand daughter understands this. We already sent her a graduation letter and the first of a few gifts.
I feel that all the birthdays, anniversaries, and graduation celebrations that are being missed due to the Pandemic can be revisited later this year or next. For now caution and safety is a priority.
But I do think the 2020 graduates of all ages will forever be remembered as the Pandemic graduates. And the college graduates will be the ones who will bear the front of the new normal in the job market. Starting out in the job hunt when unemployment is at an all time high will be a challenge. I imagine online and computer work (possibly from home) as well as more opportunities in research may be available. And how the economy survives will play a big part in their lives.
I'm told that some high school graduates may choose to take a year off... to wait it out and see how things go. Others may go ahead with their college plans not knowing if their classes will be online or in person. This is unknown territory... college life (as we knew it) will probably not be the same. Only time will tell.