For some kids, graduating from high school is a significant achievement. They've overcome learning disabilities or survived dysfunctional families with missing or abusive parents.
Some students wake up hungry and must rely on the public school system to provide their next meal. It's naive to think those situations don't exist in Northfield. Those graduates deserve to be lauded.
For more privileged children, like my own, the occasion of high school graduation marks a milestone worthy of noting, a transition to adulthood and responsibility. But it's hard for me to classify it as a huge accomplishment.