It is high school graduation season. It is also middle school and elementary school and pre-school and college graduation season. Everyone loves to see their children in a graduation ceremony. The stage, the music, the diploma. Let's face it, the goal of P-12 education is high school graduation and earning a high school diploma. Everyone wants to hear their names called and then to walk to the principal to receive your high school diploma. I bet most adults can remember their high school graduation ceremony--even if they don't remember what the keynote speaker said.
Graduation should serve as an example of what you can accomplish when you set a goal and complete the requirements to meet that goal. Most people will have other goals to reach in their lifetime, but unlike high school there won't be a "law" forcing you to attend and parents forcing you to do your best all of the time. Most goals in life are completely dependent on the individual. So when times are tough, think about the tough things you accomplished when you were 10 and 13 and 17 years old. If you could do it then, you can do it later in life.
Congratulations on your graduation! What are you doing next???