This week and next week as I drive to and from work I'll play Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance Marches. It is a time of exhilaration and tears. Commencement's definition, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is "a time when something begins." I realize we sometimes see this as an ending, when, in fact, it is the beginning.
On behalf of all of GSSA's staff, I would like to congratulate the class of 2014. What an accomplished group of girls, soon to be young women that we have had amongst us. I have had the privilege of attending ceremonies where these girls have been honored. They will change the world, and they have learned how to do this through Girl Scouts. They are headed in many different directions, but all are aimed at making a difference in the lives of others.
Hopefully, this transition to the next phase of life, the new beginning, will continue to include involvement in Girl Scouts. We work with many collegiate women through programs facilitated partnership with us, especially those involved in the Kappa Delta Sorority, but we are not limited to that partnership. If your Girl Scout experience has been a good one, consider remaining involved, even if it is the occasional assistance to a troop where you are living. Many of you might remember how great you thought college girls were; remember that now you are, too, for younger girls.
Also a reminder, there is a large discount when you become a lifetime member of Girl Scouts upon graduation from high school. I urge you to consider taking advantage of that.
On behalf of the more than 10,000 girls and volunteers involved in GSSA, we wish you every success in your future endeavors. You will have times of frustration and times of great joy in your journey ahead, but we know you will do well because of the life skills you have developed through your many experiences and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.