That seems like a lifetime away, and I suppose it is for those incoming kindergarteners. In fact, it’s almost three lifetimes away for them. But I remember when I was sitting in a kindergarten parents’ orientation when the principal welcomed us, the parents of the class of 2013.
I thought 2013 never would get here, yet here we are. Time stops for no one.
So tonight I will welcome the parents of the class of 2026, and I will say what has become cliché: enjoy every minute, because it will fly by. You may be thinking that 2026 will never come, but it will. And before you know it you’ll be sending your son or daughter off to college wondering where the years went. You’ll be longing for those days of soccer games and cub scouts and sleepovers and pumpkin patches and all those other things that create bittersweet memories when you’re getting ready to send your child off to college.
To the parents of the class of 2026, enjoy this time. We will do everything in our power to keep your kids safe and to make them “college and career ready.” Make sure you do everything in your power to savor the precious moments that will be gone in the blink of an eye.