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As classes finish for the graduating teacher candidates from progams across BC, there is a sense of excitement and relief.  There is relief from the hard work and pressures of a demanding program of practica and theory, and excitement in anticipation of job possibilities that have been unheard of for decades.

In celebration of their accomplishments, here is my parody of “Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen)”.  The original text for this graduation “speech” was written by Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune.  It was recorded with music by Quindon Tarver and was made famous by Baz Luhrmann in the late ’90s.  I call it “Wear Sensible Shoes” and it’s dedicated to graduating teacher candidates: