Though there were lifeguards on duty and a path cleared to the swimming area, the act of jumping in while still wearing cap and gown still seems kind of rebellious to me.
As I was standing by the swimming area waiting to take photos, I heard someone say something about the thunderstorm approaching, to which another bystander replied, “no one’s going to stop them now.”
It’s as if the lake jump symbolizes being free of the rules and authority of the public education system and being an adult free to do something crazy like jump in a lake fully clothed. Even if that is what everyone if expecting them to do.
I think a lot of people have the tendency to take themselves too seriously. Skaneateles’ graduation provides a good example of knowing what’s important, but also remembering to have fun and enjoy life.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.