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Congratulations! Howard County Seniors Graduate

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Howard County high school seniors begin the long, arduous process of ... graduation!

Congrats to the approximately 4,000 seniors who are on their way to the Real World.

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Commencement ceremonies will all be held at . And if you can't make ceremony, they will all be available "on demand" on HCPSS TV.

The ceremonies will also each be broadcast four times on Comcast Channel 95 and Verizon Channel 42. Find the schedules in the May and June cable guides.

Here's the commencement ceremony schedule: 

High School Date Wed., May 23 @ Noon Wed., May 23 @ 4 p.m. Wed., May 23 @ 8 p.m. Th., May 24 @ Noon Th., May 24 @ 4 p.m. Th., May 24 @ 8 p.m.

Tu., May 29 @ Noon Glenelg Tu., May 29 @ 4 p.m. Wed., May 29 @ 8 p.m. Wed., May 30 @ Noon Reservoir Wed., May 30 @ 4 p.m. Marriotts Ridge Wed., May 30 @ 8 p.m.
MG42 May 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Congrats, guys and gals!! Be sure to go to college and major in something with absolutely no market value like Communications, History or Women's Studies. Good luck paying the national debt whilst unemployed!!
BOH May 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Kind of unprovoked snark there, Ohai, but I agree that it's unfortunate that kids are sold fairy tales. I'm not sure what the solution is, but unless they're rare talents or find career paths outside their majors, degrees in humanities, theoretical business (bus mgt, I settled on a degree in German back in the 1990's. You know how people always talk about how important foreign languages are in today's job market? That can occasionally be true, but (1) not with German, French, or even Spanish, (2) even the marketable languages are nearly worthless unless one's proficiency is stronger than an American undergrad degree affords, meaning those jobs will usually be filled by native speakers who grew up learning English from early ages, and (3) even marketable languages usually have to accompany competencies in an actual job field, rather than functioning as job fields themselves. For example, a proficient English/Chinese speaker with a computer science degree is extremely marketable, a proficient English-only speaker with a CS degree is still highly marketable, but proficient English/Chinese speaker with an otherwise-unmarketable degree is usually still unmarketable. Point is, don't take the advice of your parents and family friends who tell you to chase your dreams if you haven't displayed prodigious talent for something, and don't take their word for it if they say something is a valuable skill unless they are actually deeply involved in that career field.
MG42 May 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Sorry for the snark, BOH, but it's unfortunate that colleges and high school teachers sell students a load of crap that college is for "personal enrichment" and you should major in whatever makes you happy. College is an $80K investment, so when you graduate you should be able to use your skills to land a job. Majors like sciences, tech, engineering and math are all great with low unemployment. Most of the rest are junk. I hope graduating seniors are smart enough to figure that out. But I'm not filled with hope.
BOH May 24, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Looks I omitted part of my first paragraph. Hmm, anyway, I do agree. Another part of the problem could be the message that college is the only path to an adequate career and income, which has been prevalent pretty much everywhere I've been in the US. Those who don't buy into it usually buy into something far worse, like that they're going to get rich from being professional athletes, models, singers, or "entrepreneurs," but that's another discussion. I think many kids who end up in these unmarketable majors choose them for one of several reasons: (1) they feel they're in college to conform to society's expectations, so they might as well choose something interesting (psych, dance, exercise/recreational science, sociology, 14th-century Spanish architecture, poli sci, art history), (2) they want to study something that is less challenging and/or time-intensive than STEM majors, (3) they aren't inclined to accept the lack of positive reinforcement and prevalence of harshness one typically experiences in STEM courses (notice an interesting quote about this here: tinyurl.com/8y4ebzq), or (4) they buy into youthful messages, like that hard sciences, applied sciences, economics, etc. aren't fun or are for squares/yuppies. Those of us who studied or will study humanities generally have three real options: scrounge, find ways to break into an unrelated job market, or go to grad school so we can teach the next generation of people who'll face the same options.
MG42 May 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM
All good points. I think the government is wasting precious resources by over investing in education (which goes mostly to non-STEM majors).. How many stupid politicians want to spent more on education, as if more history majors and women's studies majors will lead us out of the recession. This book is the best I've read on how to select a major. I'm buying a copy for every grad I know: http://www.amazon.com/Worthless-Indispensable-Guide-Choosing-Right/dp/1467978302/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323872833&sr=8-1

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