By Dr. Laura Palmer Noone, CEO, University of the Potomac

It is summer and that means it is graduation season across the US.  Recently, I had the pleasure of being the commencement speaker for the 2012 University of the Potomacgraduation.  I always enjoy graduation ceremonies, and this was no exception.  There is something very life affirming about seeing graduates reach their goal.  I have been to dozens, perhaps hundreds of ceremonies, but this graduation was something truly special – it was my first at Potomac.

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There were similarities to many other events I had attended – there was the march of the candidates to Pomp and Circumstance, the flowers and balloons that adorned the auditorium and stage, the address by a member of the trustees, remarks by a valedictorian, and of course, my speech.  But what was remarkable was the number of students who were working full time through their course of study.  Juggling family, a job and college is no small undertaking and I for one, am thankful there are institutions like Potomac who can assist working adults reach their goal of a college degree.  Judging by the applause and cheers from the spouses, children and families of the graduates, I am not the only one that feels that way.

Happy commencement season to all the graduates of 2012!