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Editorial: Commencement

Friday, December 17, 2010

Life is full of milestones, and for 641 Southeast Missouri State University students, one milestone will take place Saturday.

In the December commencement ceremony, 641 students -- 563 undergraduates and 78 graduate students -- will receive degrees.

While the ceremony will be a joyous one for many students and their families, some of the graduates serve as a reminder to young and old alike that learning is truly a lifelong endeavor.

Eighteen students to receive undergraduate degrees during Saturday's ceremony are 50 years old or older. One of these graduates is 80-year-old Charles Vandegriffe, a suburban St. Louis resident now retired after a career in computer technology.

Although retired, Vandegriffe was committed to staying active during his retirement and chose to pursue a general education degree online from Southeast. He now plans to attend graduate school.

Charles Vandegriffe and all the nontraditional Southeast graduates are to be commended for their commitment to receiving a college degree. Each serves as an inspiration to us all that it's never too late to learn.

Congratulations to all those receiving degrees Saturday. You have made a quality investment in your future.

Job well done.

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