Each graduate stands on the stage and presents a rose to an adult they deem deserving of thanks and recognition for the love, support, and guidance they've provided.
The decision does not come without a lot of contemplative handwringing.
Last year, I was honored by my tearful little cupcake who was filled with such emotion that she could not finish explaining why she chose me. This angelic child found a way to touch my heart one last time before she flew off into the world.
This year the scene unfolded a little differently but I equally moved.
First, there is a little backstory.
In 2012, the graduating Eight Grade class asked me to be their keynote speaker. I prepared a brief speech outlining some life lessons based on Curious George. As I spoke I tossed out a little stuffed George every once in a while just to make sure they were paying attention.
This year one of the 2015 graduates quietly asked if I had any of those stuffed Curious George toys left. The message was clear. This really cool eighth grader wanted a Curious George stuffed animal. Adorable! So, I brought one to the commencement ceremony to give to him afterwards.
It turns out that when it came time for the presentation of the roses he called my name.
On stage he handed me the rose and I handed him the stuffed George. When we quickly hugged he said, "I love you man!"
These fabulous kids, they are killing me!