With graduation right around the corner, I can't help but feel a sense of joy and excitement for all of those who are embarking on their next level of success in life. Graduation is such a monumental achievement for anyone but especially for the students who have overcome.
Despite rising national graduation rates, low-income and minority students continue to lag behind their peers in finishing high school. While the national graduation rate for the year 2016 was 83%, it was only 75% for black students and 78% for hispanic students. Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University.
However, these students should not be taken lightly. They are catching up faster than their peers with a great sense of determination and grit that is incomparable. Graduation rates have increased by 8% for black students and 7% for Latino students since 2011, compared to 3% for white students.
These disparities don't stop after high school graduation. In my previous post, Motivated Mom Movement, you can see that there is a huge disparity amongst the graduation rate of young parents in college. And while 60% of the wealthiest students complete their studies and graduate, only about 14% of low-income college students graduate, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Graduation is a once in a lifetime event for the graduate, but has a story of fortitude, resilience, and grit that should be celebrated! Whether you or your loved one is the first in your family to graduate, or come from a long line of graduates, graduation is a time to reflect on how cycles of praise, affirmation, and celebration built strength across generations. We must continue celebrations from one generation to the next to create a family and community history of resilience and accomplishment.
Therefore, this graduation season, I encourage you all to celebrate these remarkable accomplishments through stories that show values of determination and ambition across the generations, values that build strength and resilience as our graduates make their way into the world!
One of the best ways to begin sharing these stories is by inviting family and friends to the graduation ceremony and having some sort of celebration event post-graduation, whether it’s a dinner, cookout, or party.
At every graduation, my mom provided invitations to make sure those that were in my corner helped celebrate my achievements! If you want to create an amazing invitation to begin the celebration of you or your loved one, I have the perfect company for you!
Basic Invite would be an excellent choice for high school graduation invitations anduniversity graduation invitations! I have considered this company for my son’s kindergarten graduation as well as for other events in my life.
Here are a few of the perks for using Basic Invite to celebrate this amazing accomplishment!
Almost Unlimited Colors - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This is what sets them apart from almost any other online stationery company.
Custom Samples - Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows you the ability to order a printed sample of your actual invitation so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before you ever have to place your final order.
Over 40 Different Colors of Envelopes - Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as with their invitations. You can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to your envelopes so that you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
Address Capturing Service - Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request your friends and family’s addresses which will be stored in your account and can then be selected during the design process. Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all Christmas card orders.
Foil - Foil cards are available in gold, silver, and rose gold. You can choose flat or raised foil on all of Basic Invite’s foil designs.
You could also use this company for graduation thank you cards to ensure all those who were there to support this graduation celebration feel your gratitude and appreciation!
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In summary, graduation at any level is a major rite of passage and we must continue to celebrate these individuals for their accomplishments! Certainly, some of us grow up with more advantages than others, but all of us struggle, all of us feel obstacles sometimes, and all of us must work to affirm who we are, what we believe, and what we want for ourselves and others. In those times when we affirm and overcome, we must celebrate!