Catalina Island, June 16, 2016 – Today is graduation day for Avalon Schools’ Class of 2016. It’s held in the Casino Theatre at 4:00 p.m. Forty-seven students will make the walk up to the stage, cross the stage and accept their diploma and maybe some scholarship money will be coming their way too. But as they leave that stage, diploma in hand, they will be closing the door on their 12-year journey on a road that lead them through elementary school, middle school and high school. But they will be opening a door to their next journey in life, and that journey will take some on to college to seek a higher education or perhaps a trade school to learn skills to get a better job or some will jump right into the workforce. But all will be author of life’s next chapter, making decisions that will shape their futures. In the words of Michael Dell, “As you start your journey, the first thing you should do is throw away that store-bought map and begin to draw your own.” There is no road map to life, and as each of Avalon’s graduates follows life’s roads they will always have to make choices of which road to follow. As actor Alan Alda said in a commencement speech, “You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing, but what you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.” Many Avalon graduates have already picked a road to travel. Many are attending California colleges and universities, and some are going to out-of-state. including eight students who are traveling to Utah to attend Dixie State University. But what wherever road they choose follow they will be reaching high for success. In this issue as is the Avalon Bay News’s tradition, the graduates are pictured in groups on pages 6, 7, and 12 and you can read about the road they have chosen to start their journey on life’s next chapter. Best of luck to the Class of 2016 in all their future endeavors.