How Things Change As Times Change

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Tomorrow, the senior class of my alma mater of Largo High School has its graduation ceremonies. Just for fun, I thought I’d share the differences between the Class of 1989 and the Class of 2019. For the purposes of this blog entry, I’ll be talking about the event itself.

In 1989, we went to the Largo High football stadium for our graduation. It was held the night after the last day of school on Thursday, June 8th of that year.

In 2019, the graduation ceremony is being held at Tropicana Field, the home of MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays – which was still a little more than a year away from opening for the first time in 1989 as the Florida Suncoast Dome. According to Google Maps, it’s about 17 miles from Largo High to “the Trop”, and the quickest way down there would include taking roads that didn’t exist in 1989, such as County Road 296 that now connects to Interstate 275.

The graduation ceremony takes place tomorrow as I type this, which is May 24th. Somehow, the last day of the school year is the following Wednesday, May 29th. I have no clue how you would get the kids to attend the last days of school if they had no intent on going to college – and once they have their diplomas, isn’t possession nine-tenths of the law?

Call me an old fart if you want, and you probably will – but I’ll take our graduation over a ceremony 30 years in the future nearly 20 miles away.

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