Today’s Editorial June 29: Keep graduation time safe, happy

It’s rare that a student pens a Letter to the Editor.

But when they do, they usually have a lot to say.

Take a look on this page at a letter sent in from Tracy Rankine of John Gray High School.

It’s a plea to fellow classmates and high school graduates throughout the Cayman Islands to slow down.

Graduation marks the ending of one journey and the beginning of a new one. It is when graduates get the chance to thank those who helped them along the way and remember those who meant so much to them.

Graduates stand on the brink of adulthood. For their parents, it is also a momentous occasion, a time of reflection and recollection.

And almost without exception, it is a time of celebration among graduates, parents, family and friends. It is also a time for caution and vigilance.

There are perils that come with graduation parties and the potential for tragedy looms after every graduation.

It’s a time when parents should realise their work is never done.

Please, please, please parents and guardians, make sure your graduating children don’t speed and don’t drink and drive.

Unfortunately photographs and stories about wrecks after graduation have become a ritual for this newspaper and others throughout the world.

And we write the editorials asking when it’s going to stop.

We don’t want to run those pictures, those stories or write those editorials this year.

Graduates, you’ve got the whole world ahead of you. Your lives are about to begin. You can become great leaders, thinkers and doers.

But to accomplish what fate has in store for you, you must be alive.

Tracy is correct in writing that there is no excuse for speeding and dying at graduation time.

A life is something you can never get back. It is precious and should be valued.

It’s every graduates turn to make his or her mark on the world.

Tracy also makes a plea to all graduates of 2007 to meet again in 10 years.

Reunions should be filled with happy memories, not those of lives lost at this special time.

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