When the time comes for students to take the next chapter of their life. It's not just about the cap and gown, degree, and leaving behind the few years of your life you experienced. It's about becoming the best you and being successful in whatever career you decided to choose and work endlessly on to get to the light at the end of the tunnel.
Graduating seniors deserve the recognition of love and happiness. Because they survived their trials and tribulations and made what they wanted to come true.
According to Education Data Initiative, "1-in-4 of this year's college freshmen will have a degree in 4 years, bachelor's degree seekers graduate at a rate of 60%; among all college students, the national graduation rate is 46%, 41% of bachelor's degree earners graduate within 4 years, and 4 million or 18% of all college students graduate each year. The statistics show that going to college or a university to obtain your degree is very possible and also very important."
At Savannah State University, there's winter graduation and spring graduation. This year on December 10th, the graduation ceremony will be held at T.A Wright stadium which will also be live-streamed.
Graduating senior Leah-Aunna Mahogany who graduates this December with a bachelor's degree in biology including one of the highest levels of academic distinction Magna Cum Laude of a 3.6 GPA expresses the personal shaping of college and what she would say if she had the opportunity to make a speech at graduation.
"It has shaped me as a person a lot. I've grown over the years and learned how to overcome things that may have held me back in the past. College is an experience that allows you to grow as an adult and it also you to learn new things while being in a new environment."
Mahogany continued,"If I could make a speech at graduation. I would say I am thankful for the experience of being able to learn at an HBCU. I would tell the undergrad class to continue to push forward and that it would all be worth it when the time comes. I would also thank the faculty and my classmates for going through that experience with me."
Upcoming graduates Samuel Scott majoring in social work and Xavier Smith majoring in multimedia graduating in the spring also expresses the personal shaping of college and gives insight on the motivation to get to graduate. Scott said, "College has pushed me to succeed through all adversaries. It showed me that I'm stronger than I already was. Now that I have progressed through college, I'm able to handle any situation that is thrown at me."
"My family motivates me to keep striving to graduate and obtain my degree. Having a support system is great for me and especially my mental health."
Smith says,"Coming into college, I wasn't the most confident or interested in actually going to classes and gaining the general knowledge I needed to keep up with my academics. I was only interested in the things I wanted to know but college opened my eyes to a lot more things outside of what I thought was important. Today, I want to further my education because I am a firm believer that knowledge is power. The college opened my eyes to the real world and gave me the work ethic that I need to drive success.
"My main motivation to keep striving is my family and my degree. My family has always pushed me to be a better me and made sure whatever I do was best for me. It was plenty of times I disagreed, but they have never been wrong. I have plenty of siblings so what I am doing now is setting the bar high for them before anyone else so hopefully they follow in my footsteps."
Graduation for graduating seniors is a huge, monumental memorable moment that steps them into a continuing journey of careers they are passionate about. As a rising senior, I can say it's a balance of hard situations and great principles to work tirelessly and wholeheartedly for something you enjoy doing and can add to be a part of your life. Congratulations to all the graduating seniors this year and even this upcoming next year. It's the best accomplishment with many more to come.