It was encouraging to see record numbers of graduates at Western Carolina University, so many that two commencement ceremonies were needed. But it’s the character of the graduates that holds the most hope.
Fewer of them appear to be chasing the dollar, and more appear to be chasing something higher. More students are looking to careers in service, government and public policy.
Dare we say it? Yes. There’s a whiff of a new morality in the air, a generation with a sense of justice, a determination to serve and to produce a better country, not just land a bigger paycheck.