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PUB CHAT: HS graduation, the first major hurdle

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If there is a more exciting day in a young person’s life than the day they graduate from high school, I don’t think I know what it is.

There are other important days, for sure — when you aced that big test, when you scored the winning goal in the sectional finals, when you got that college acceptance letter, when your crush finally said yes to a date. And naturally, there will be other landmark days ahead … a wedding day perhaps, the birth of children, maybe the day you land that great job.

But for pure excitement — possibly tempered by a bit of natural anxiety — there’s nothing quite as special as High School Graduation Day when we all celebrate our first major accomplishment as an adult and can say, “I did it!”

According to some figures I found online, America’s 27,000 or so public and private high schools graduate about 3.7 million students every year. The graduation rate is about 85% these days, the highest that it’s ever been. This “Pub Chat,” however, is not meant to debate the merits of the American educational system; rather, it is........

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