Pomp and circumstance

Pomp and circumstance

These final weeks of the spring semester always are an exciting time in our community. The educational systems are strong and vibrant, and almost everyone directly or indirectly is affected by the festivities that mark the end of another school year.

I had the distinct pleasure of attending commencement for Fort Hays State University, Victoria High School, Hays High School, the Learning Center and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Although the message often is similar, each school has its singular defining qualities.

So many graduates, so much promise. Our schools are filled with scholars, athletes, artists, musicians and technical experts. I always am reminded of Thomas Jefferson's warning, "If a nation expects to be ignorant & free ... it expects what never was and never will be."

Education is so important for the life and livelihood of our state and our nation. An educated workforce will drive innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit and will advance the understanding of the liberties and freedoms Americans enjoy. Jefferson also counseled that "an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."

Graduates, enjoy this time as you begin to map your next journey. Be sure to thank your parents and family members for helping to pave the path of success. To our school personnel and community, I would like to extend my gratitude and congratulations for providing the foundation for sturdy, resilient leaders of tomorrow. Our community is well-blessed.

Rep. Sue Boldra, R-Kan.,