Editor\u2019s note: This column ran a few years back in the Osceola County newspaper.\u00a0 A RCHS Class of 2013 grad\u2019s mother asked if we could run the piece once again in hopes that people would offer a bit of respect to the graduates and families involved in graduation ceremonies. It\u2019s\u00a0 graduation time. A couple weeks on the calendar filled with various awards ceremonies, choir and band presentations, and a myriad of senior class activities from baccalaureate services to special meal gatherings. And then ...the commencement ceremony. It\u2019s a great time of year. I love it. It also, however, is a time I too often find quite aggravating and annoying. The events marking a young person\u2019s graduation from high school or college are very, very special. They demonstrate a young person\u2019s dedication to completing one stage in their lives, and are something of a starting point for the next adventure. A lot of kids work very, Very, VERY hard to reach a successful conclusion in their high school and college educations. Most have made at least reasonable efforts. If they didn\u2019t, they wouldn\u2019t be making their way to the front to collect their due. Graduation Day is an important day. I would love to see the day and the people involved given the respect they deserve. I wish there was a little more civility and a smidge of decorum. Kids work very hard to earn academic honors, to reach Graduation Day, and to offer a vocal or instrumental performance that show their love for music and the arts. And in return ... People too often show up to these very special events and act as if they are out for a night at a demolition derby. In days leading up to Graduation Day, there are concerts and musical performances. Young people practice... and practice ...and practice to hit all the right notes at the right time ...and in unison. Then, while sitting ramrod straight and producing positively angelic music, (in spirit if not in deed), there are always those in the audience who consider this simply a change in venue for an evening in front of the tube. Unsupervised children race hither and yon screaming their little hearts out each to their own delight. People stroll in and out as though this is just another open mike night at some local honky-tonk. Now ...I understand that people must occasionally cough or sneeze. I understand that babies will cry at often inopportune moments. I\u2019m not a complete idiot. I realize that life goes on and things happen. But honestly. A little bit of respect for the effort these young people have put into this evening. Just a little. PLEEEEEEEEASE!!!! Then there are awards ceremonies. Young people gather to collect the honors and awards they\u2019ve earned throughout the four years they\u2019ve been in high school. They\u2019re proud, (although they may not necessarily show it since they also are ever so cool.) And again, as the gathered audience is being addressed by this superintendent or that school board president, the milling about is more reminiscent of a flea market than the occasion it is. People rarely bother to turn off their cell phones and when those devices do ring they too often realize that this call is light years more important than what is going on up there on stage. Little kids screech through the area showing off their creativity by making up new and noisy games just as\u00a0 scholarship lists are being read. And, sadly, when a given student is finally called up to receive his or her honors, the family of that student figure the evening is over for them and exit the auditorium of gym en masse. Hey! We all know it\u2019s a long haul. Suck it up and stick it out. Your kid isn\u2019t the only one that deserves a salute and your respect. And finally Graduation Day. At graduation, young men get decked out pretty nattily - some actually slipping into a tie for the first time. All of them are trying to look their best while dealing with the tensions of the day. Young ladies spare no effort in putting on the RItz - getting their hair done and practicing walking in heels without falling flat on their faces. It\u2019s a big day. And folks stroll in wearing blurry \u201cIf you can read this you\u2019re not drunk enough\u201d T-shirts, clothes that show they just got out of the grease pit, and lugging belly-buster cups of Mountain Dew. Listen. I don\u2019t think guys necessarily need to wear a suit and tie. Anyone who knows me realizes that. But clean doesn\u2019t cost money. Neat doesn\u2019t take too much effort. And I do believe in showing a modicum of respect for what\u2019s happening up front. I absolutely hate the rudeness we show our young people. For the most part folks are decent, but the lack of respect and civility too often given our kids on these special days, days that are really the highlight of their lives to this point and for some may be the peak of their entire life experience, is not only annoying ...it\u2019s worrisome. Is this the best we can do?