It is always a pleasure for me as the local MLA to address graduation ceremonies, and certainly this second year of the pandemic has altered the path for many.
Graduation, specifically from high school, really does mark a special moment in a person’s life. It’s that great transition to adulthood when all of a sudden, the path forward is not so predictable anymore and you finally get to make your own choices in life. As a former educator, I’ve seen how learning becomes a life-long process to refine all the skills you need to succeed.
I know this is not the graduation young people dream about under normal circumstances. But it is also an opportunity to think about all the people who have supported you through your education. Friends, family — and parents in particular — all have been there for you through both the highs and the lows. And that’s what makes graduation such an important moment of transition in our lives. All of a sudden the path forward is not so predictable anymore and you finally get to make your own choices in life.
Some may choose to further their education at the post-secondary level, while others may choose to enter the workforce right away. Either choice does lead us on a new and exciting path. For those who are about to graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia, Northern Lights College, or another institution, I wish you the very best as you embark on what is likely the most important stage of your career.
The one lesson we can all take from this pandemic is that life is anything but predictable. The education you have received will give you the skills necessary to navigate a world that is in a constant state of change. It makes life challenging, yet all the more exciting at the same time. Congratulations class of 2021!
Finally, I want to wish all of you a Happy Canada Day and a wonderful summer ahead!
Dan Davies is MLA for Peace River North