By Dean Midyette

Pioneer Staff

Some view it as the end of a 13-year odyssey, others as a first step with many to come. All students should view this accomplishment, graduating from high school, with pride and honour regardless of what they have planned for the future.

Our graduates this year have once again received a world class education, with B.C. students having the best learning outcomes of any educational system in the English speaking world.

To the Class of 2017: Graduation is also a time that family members choose to impart wisdom and advice on our newest adults. A lawyer friend of mine is fond of reminding me that advice is worth what you pay for it. You may want to remind overly zealous family members of this when you hear a lecture beginning. (Note lectures usually begin with When I was your age…).

An oft-repeated African proverb holds that it takes a village to raise a child. While you have not only graduated from high school, but also into adulthood, make sure to share your achievement with your village, those who have made a difference in your life; parents and other family members, teachers, coaches, ministers, employers and other mentors. A simple thank you lasts a lifetime.

Regardless of whether your immediate plans include work, travel or a post-secondary education, consider the words of Canadian astronaut and International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield: Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction.