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Congratulations, Malibu graduates

Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
6:47 pm PDT May 9, 2014

It became even more apparent to me as I started noticing the steady outpouring of Facebook statuses from all of my friends, family and acquaintances that are still in school — it’s graduation season. 

Almost exactly one year ago, today, I can remember sitting stiffly in my folding chair, situated precisely atop a piece of blue masking tape. Around me were thousands of identical pieces of blue masking tape and thousands of black tassels swaying impatiently side to side. My gown was too big, my cap was too small and my head was swimming with thoughts about how I’d survived four years and finally gotten to this day. I was about to graduate.

I was about to walk across a stage in front of thousands of people, grab that red folder with my diploma in it, shake hands with a trustee I’d never met, switch my tassel to the other side and pray I didn’t trip over myself in the midst of it all.

It was nerve-wracking and exhilarating and terrifying and pride-inducing all at once. 

I left Boston University with memories and aspirations and an education that can never be diminished. As I sit here now, I’m putting my degree to work. So it only seems fitting that I extend my sincerest congratulations to all the Pepperdine students who have just taken a walk across that stage in Alumni Park, swapped a clammy handshake with an anonymous trustee and are now heading out into what people make out to be the abyss of the “real world.”

I’d also like to extend a congratulations to the Malibu High School class of 2014, who will be crossing their own stage this June. I, too, remember that graduation and there is nothing more thrilling than moving onto the next stage in your life, whatever that may be. 

I’d also like to extend a few words to the eager parents of all those graduates or soon-to-be graduates. We know you’re beaming with pride and it’s only right to want to share that with your community. Send us your student’s photos, along with a few sentences and the Surfside News will run it in the announcement section of an upcoming issue. 

Good luck to you all.