Yesterday was our graduation, and even though I've only been here for 2 months, it was so overwhelming and emotional. I only knew 6 of the graduating students, I can't imagine what it would be like to know half of them. It was the alternative educational schools graduation: my high school (very small, only 6 graduating), juvenile hall and probation camp (both are kinda small), another high school (much larger), and an independent study school (huge). I was expecting a small ceremony, with maybe 30 students. We had 900 guests, and I think 100 graduates. (maybe more). Does the superintendent go to every graduation? I haven't been to a regular high school's graduation, so I don't know what to compare it to, but it was wonderful, especially since all of these kids have been given up on, they were all expelled from their school, or locked up, or gotten in trouble, but pretty much all of them had a much more difficult time than other students. And watching them walking down the isle, they were all so proud, it was great. And then when they called them up, someone read a little note from each saying whom they would like to thank, etc. The whole community came together, a lot of police and probation officers, even gang task force volunteered their time to make sure there would be no problems, and everything went smoothly. The only other graduation I've been to was in the lock up. That was very touching and emotional, but not this overwhelming. We had graduations every month, and each month we had 2-4 high school graduates and 6-10 GED recipients. I knew each and every student, and worked very closely with the graduating seniors, so it was always special for me, as well as for all staff members. These students would probably not have graduated if they didn't get locked up, or would have taken much longer. Here, they were 'forced' to go to school, do their work, and having nothing else to do, so they actually got motivated. It was great to see it, but I know the students were often sad because they missed the huge ceremony. Either way, it's a great way to finish the year, as my P said, this is when see the fruit of our labor. It was the prefect last day.