This past few weeks have been a time of transition for thousands of high school students from central Oklahoma. The graduation ceremonies, with the robes, mortar boards and tassels, are the end of an all-consuming educational journey that began when shy kindergarten students arrived at school on a warm, fall day into the arms of a caring teacher.

Norman High School's graduates crossed the stage at the Lloyd Noble Center Friday night and Norman North High School graduates will be there this morning. Area schools completed their ceremonies earlier in the week. All of their names will be included in a special graduation publication in Sunday's Transcript.

Although that journey through high school may have ended, another one has already begun. Students are heading off to colleges and universities, some are going straight to the workforce or to military service.

Others are taking time to find themselves and decide on future career and education paths. There is no shame in taking a little time to make life's choices.

Along the way, remember to thank those who contributed to the journey. They were teachers and school administrators, coaches, friends, parents and guardians. That little bit of encouragement from each one of them may have been enough to carry you through to the end.

Congratulations. Celebrate wisely. And we borrow the words of Sunday night's combined Norman-Norman North baccalaureate speaker Jason Martin: Remember who you are.

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