The first of what will be many virtual graduation ceremonies for area high school seniors who’ve been denied in-person commencement exercises this spring because of state imposed Covid 19 related restrictions will be posted on social media this weekend. Many high school administrators have been hard at work trying to honor their graduates in the best way they can given the circumstances, acting as video producers for the first time in their careers. If there is a positive in what has been a very disappointing spring for members of the class of 2020, it’s that they won’t have to sit through a commencement speech as they wait to get their diplomas. If I had the honor of delivering such a speech this year I’d have 3 messages for the soon to be graduates. First, high school graduation isn’t the end of any journey: it’s just the first step toward accomplishing your goals whatever they are. Second, you should be forgiving of your parents if you think they had too many rules during your high school years. They were just trying to keep you safe. And 3rd, many years from now as you look back on your life If the loss of a prom or high school graduation ceremony is the biggest tragedy you’ve faced, You have enjoyed a very good life indeed. That’s the way I see it.