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EDITORIAL: A word to the grads

York Dispatch
YorkDispatch

It's that time again, when strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" mark the beginning of a new chapter for you newly minted grads. Your parents swear they just dropped you off at kindergarten. Did they mention that?

You look so grown up in your caps and gowns, high school and college graduates. You are ready to take on yet another challenge, very likely even greater than the one you have just accomplished. Whether onto more schooling, off to the military or into the workforce, it will be an amazing journey and the exact destination is unknown.

This offers us the opportunity, as we do each year at this time, to offer our sincere congratulations and best wishes for a bright future.

And bear with us, you know we must offer a few words of caution (some of us are parents ourselves, you see).

Be safe. Make good choices. Look both ways. Don't accept candy from strangers. But be open. Be kind. Be diligent. And take care of yourself. Work hard. Play hard.

And be safe. Did we mention that?

Lecture (please don't tune out):

Teens and young adults are at significant risk of being hurt or killed in traffic accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash."

So at this time of year, when celebrations abound, we find ourselves putting down what may be a bit of a tired (yet heartfelt) reminder to the young adults in our community who will be attending those well-deserved celebratory events.

We can't wait to see what you do with your future. We know that with this milestone behind you, there's nothing but potential ahead.

We want to see you make it there safely.

Congratulations!