Archive for Thursday, May 18, 2006

Great graduation time

May 18, 2006

Graduation time has descended upon Baldwin City once again. Baldwin High School's Class of 2006 will march down the aisle Saturday. On Sunday, in several ceremonies, Baker University graduates will also have commencement.

It's a happy time for all -- the graduates, their friends and family, but most of all, parents and grandparents. The graduates are center stage, of course, but they don't know what's next. There's the thrill of adventure. But, for parents, it's cause for relief. It's another stage realized in the growth of the children.

But, there won't be anyone involved in this weekend's graduations that will be experiencing what Dan Lambert will be. Lambert is retiring July 1 after an amazing 19-year run as president of Baker University. Sunday will be the last time he dons the graduation regalia that has marked his entire educational career.

And, what a career it's been.

The accomplishments he has registered in the time he's been at the Baldwin City campus are long and impressive. Baker University has grown leaps and bounds during his nearly two decades at the helm.

Baker is vastly better today than when Lambert first stepped on campus. Thankfully, the same can be said for Baldwin. Lambert has been a strong supporter of community unity and that means Baker and Baldwin together. One can't get along without the other.

We thank Lambert for his tireless efforts, both on campus and in the city. We wish him the best and will never forget him. We wish him good luck and God's speed with his retirement.

He's earned it.

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