Congratulations to area high school and Colorado Mesa University graduates. Your achievements are to be commended, and I wish you gobs of success going forward.

This week is teeming with graduation ceremonies and everything you need to know about the tadoos can be found in the graduation guide in today's Lifestyle section.

I stumbled upon a quote that said "the graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success."

Academic dress of a cap and gown is a centuries-old tradition but, what do you do with those thousands of caps and gowns when the big tadoo is over? The graduation cap — if you can find yours in the mix after the "toss" — ends up buried at the bottom of a catchall drawer and the graduation robe will hang forgotten, in the depths of a closet for years.

Unless ...

Costumes! Cosplay (costume play) is quite popular these days, and Halloween is just five months away. Central High School's red robes can easily convert to a Little Red Riding Hood cape or Doctor Strange disguise. Still in the red hue family, the maroon robes from Palisade High School can be a "Handmaid's Tale" robe or, if you tie a rope at the waist and add a matching hood, it's a medieval monk's garb.

The black Grand Junction High School gowns are perfect for "Scream," a Grim Reaper, a priest/nun or, add a Gryffindor tie or scarf and you've got the perfect school robe for a Harry Potter-themed party.

Bedazzle a Fruita Monument High School blue robe, layer on some bling and top it off with a jeweled crown and you're magically transformed into royalty or, fire up a lightsaber and you've got a new "Star Wars" Jedi Sith blue tunic.

The sky's the limit — just like your potential. You can be whatever you want to be. You are an individual and, like the quote above says, your key to success is you. Congratulations and good luck in all your endeavors.

Has it already been 40 years? Gulp.

Central High School class of 1979 is gearing up for its 40-year reunion planned for July 25–27.

The reunion schedule includes a gathering Thursday evening at Fruita's Civic Center Park with bluegrass music in the Thursday Night Concert Series by Slim Pickins. Classmates will meet for drinks later at the Copper Club Brewing Co. You're on your own on Friday, or plan to join golf or hiking events. A gathering will happen Friday night at The Ale House. Socializing and dinner are planned Saturday evening at the Adobe Creek Golf Club, including a DJ and dancing and cash bar.

For details, email chs79class@gmail.com, call 347-624-4785 or visit facebook.com/groups/90594664621.

The historic Whitewater Cemetery will be open for visitors during the Memorial Day weekend.

The gate will be open beginning Friday midmorning through Memorial Day evening. Volunteers will place flags on Friday for each of the 13 veterans within the cemetery. A new flag will be installed and lowered to half-staff on Friday and raised Monday afternoon.

There is a walk-through entrance open at all times. Sturdy shoes are recommended and sandals are not advised. Cemetery caretakers ask that visitors "drive only on the graveled roads and do not take souvenirs from any grave."

Call Sue Chapman at 243-1808 for information.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will honor this year's Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts at a ceremony at 2 p.m. today in the Meyer Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University.

The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn and the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn is Bronze, a news release said. Both awards culminate with a project to meet a community need.

"The focus of a Girl Scout's Highest Awards project is identifying and researching a community issue, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with community members, establishing a connection with others, and providing sustainability for the project. The skills learned through these projects include leadership, organization, and critical thinking, which are also the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience."

Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org for information.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society is offering two Furry Friends Kids Camps this summer for children ages 6–12 to learn about humane education and responsible pet ownership.

Participants will learn all about dogs and cats, from how to greet them to how to care for them, make treats and toys, practice positive reinforcement training with both species, and spend quality time interacting with Roice-Hurst animals.

Activities emphasize safety, empathy, compassion, and mindfulness. Children will be divided into groups of similar ages and will rotate through three stations each day: dogs, cats, and crafts.

Camps are from 8:45 a.m.–noon July 8–11 and Aug. 5–8. Space is limited to 21 kids per session.

Cost is $100 for the four-day camp. Scholarships (full and partial) are available. Scholarship applications must be received 10 business days before the start of each camp.

For information or to register, go to rhhumanesociety.org/furry-friends-kids-camp-2019 or register in person at the shelter, 362 28 Road.

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