From Neil Fiore: High schools and colleges all around the country are having commence­ment exer­cises. So many of our fledg­lings are taking flight — trying out their wings and taking off to foreign lands and foreign homes, leaving us with empty nests. They think of their “commence­ment” as an end to the drudgery of home­work and boring classes. But the word itself means a begin­ning, an inau­gu­ra­tion, an initi­a­tion, or a new start; which it is for those leaving and those left. · Go to Commence­ment: New begin­nings →