Our hearty congratulations go out to the many people who crossed the stage this weekend in Estherville.
First of all, of course, there was the Guardian Angel preschool graduation at the Duhigg Center. It doesn't matter how hardboiled you are - when you see those little ones taking those roses up to Mom there simply isn't a dry eye in the house. Pride just doesn't get any bigger - either for the graduates or moms.
Friday night we had the Iowa Lakes Community College commencement, with Dist. 4 Sen. Jack Kibbie, acknowledged as the "father of Iowa's community colleges", as guest speaker. Kibbie detailed how community colleges grew from school district-based institutions to what they are today - one of the nation's premier examples of what can happen when a lot of people with a lot of great ideas get together.
Proud parents and families from not just our five-county area but from around the country gathered to wish their graduates well. It was indeed a milestone for many.
There were also encouraging words from Matt Kuehler, who gave the student address, as well as John Wittneben and Robert Jacobs who joinly received the Jim Hall Outstanding Alumnus Award.
And then Sunday Estherville Lincoln High School held its commencement.
Salutatorian Rachel Lausen told classmates to take what they have learned and put it to good use.
Another fine message came from valedictorian and class president Kendall Bosch who told students one day their lives would pass before their eyes - and they should make sure they were worth watching. Bosch also thanked the board, teachers and parents for their commitment to students' education.
Perhaps we could all put these wise words to good use. We can also thank those - from Sen. Kibbie to teaching staff at all levels - for giving Estherville residents an opportunity for a fine education - regardless of what level of education they hope to attain.
We are indeed lucky for their efforts and sacrifices.