J u n e = G r a d u a t i o n D a y A L I 22 V E E A S T B A Y j u n e 2 0 1 6 MICHAE L COP E LAND When one thinks of June, we undoubtedly conjure up images of all the beautiful and talented women, past and present, named June— such as: country singer June Carter-Cash, actress June Lockhart, model June Wilkinson, 'Pointer sister' June Pointer, the Beaver's mom, June Cleaver, and reality star Mama June Shannon—Honey Boo-Boo’s beloved mother. Come to think of it, football coach June Jones might be more attractive and beloved than Mama June. He’s certainly more refined, but that’s just one man’s opinion. The calendar month of June, on the other hand, is synonymous with many glorious events including weddings, vacations and graduations. As families all along the I-680 Corridor prepare for high school graduation, on or around Friday June 10th, there's not a house, condo or townhome that will not be experiencing high levels of excitement, giddiness and euphoria. Once Senior Ball, Declare Day and final exams are completed, the days leading up to the actual commencement ceremony are a magical time consisting of year book signing, pool parties, and mani/pedis. That countdown to “Grad” day is the culmination of K-12 schooling with finality to the monotonous school rules, rituals, routines, homework and horrible cafeteria food. Whether your high school senior is headed to college, trade school or the military, they are on their way to their future. But first, they must go through the cap and gown ceremony, grad night and a few dozen Beer Pong themed grad parties. At my high school graduation ceremony, I couldn’t wait to be released from the shackles of education and be free of high school. Granted, I did attend a boy’s detention center where we did actually wear shackles under our robes, so this was a literal reference not just a figurative one. I had to know the difference between literal and figurative to get my GED diploma, but I digress. Graduation is a special time for any teenager and one that will be a life-long memory. If you’re interested, I have a few other “graduation” thoughts and memories. The movie The Graduate was released in 1967. It tells the story of a disillusioned college graduate (Dustin Hoffman) who is torn between his older lover (Anne Bancroft) and her daughter (Katherine Ross). I do remember watching that movie for the first time while I was in high school, and just wishing I had Ben Braddock's (Hoffman's character) dilemma. At my high school there were several girls who had very attractive mothers that fell into that “WOW” category. I won't name names, Donna Granowski, but I ran The Graduate movie in my head too many times to count with one Mrs. Granowski playing the part of the alluring and seductive Mrs. Robinson. Sorry Donna. I'm not a big fan of Kanye West, the celebrity, but before he became Mr. Kardashian he released a CD entitled Graduation that was brilliant. I'm here to tell you, Graduation is an amazing collection of boldly crafted songs by an incredibly talented master word-smith.
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