Firefighting, Leadership

A Lesson in Pride Learned from a College Graduation

Issue 10 and Volume 171.

BY THOMAS A. MERRILL Recently, I spent a weekend attending my daughter’s college graduation ceremony at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, celebrating her great accomplishment. As I talked to her classmates and mingled with the teachers, school administrators, various family members, and school alumni, one thing clearly stood out: pride. Everyone associated with this university was proud of the school, proud of the students, proud of their accomplishments, and proud of the alumni. This pride resonated throughout the entire campus; even my wife and I were consumed by it. Although we were only occasional visitors to the campus, we were nonetheless extremely proud to be connected with this venerable learning institution. This wasn’t a new experience for us, either; our oldest daughter graduated from the university two years earlier. We have been exposed to this great sense of pride (unofficially called “Bona Pride”) for more than six years,…

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