EDITORIAL: Commence, to the future
Kudos to Presbyterian College for another very successful Commencement. Hundreds of visitors experienced Clinton on May 10-11 - we hope they were enticed to return, like May 17-18 for Rhythm on the Rails.
The schedule for Commencement Friday was action-packed, and we were able to make it to most events, even if we couldn’t stay. Our “runner” was going to campus, shooting, getting back to office, posting to website - all day long. Someday, we’re going to have to set up a “home-base” or “hot-spot” ON CAMPUS where we can do all that.
Pharmacy Graduates got their hoods and diplomas - then immediately turned in their rented gowns and hats. Undergrads and their families practiced commencement and ate lunch. ROTC 2nd Lieutenants got their commissioning (in the New Highlander Battalion’s 100th year, see this month’s PC Magazine for much more). Teachers took their professional oaths. As you would expect from a “church school,” they staged a church service, then dinner - then the undergraduate seniors had a party in the football-lacrosse stadium. Saturday morning, almost all the rest graduated, in a rare indoor ceremony - the threat of rain lingered all morning. Some student-athletes got their diplomas Monday morning - competition got in the way of their joining the Saturday morning Commencement.
We could not join the Saturday morning festivities, either. The Clinton High boys’ tennis team again - 3 years in a row! - was playing for the state championship at noon in Cayce. We might have been able to get some photos of graduates preparing to graduate, but staying for the service would have made us late to the tennis match. Such is the life of “a runner.”
We relied on the PC News Service for Commencement coverage; for Friday event-articles, as well, as it turned out. They really delivered; go to presby.edu to see their work from the weekend. They also had a dedicated person for social media, all the rage now among the “young crowd.”
In any event, we also have extensive coverage of Piedmont Technical College and Lander University Commencements from their news staffs. All these college commencements are sources of immense pride for Clinton families, and many others whose young people have successfully completed college. It is our duty now, to give them life-fulfilling work should they choose to pursue it.
Congratulations to all who made May Commencement a huge success.