One of my good high school friends graduated with her Masters today! Kathryn took two buses and a shuttle to come to my Bachelor's graduation four years ago, so I figured it was the least I could do to attend her graduation. Kathryn has always been an example to me of perseverance and hard work.
The student convocation speaker gave a moving speech about whether college was worth it. My personal conclusion is YES, college and grad school are worth it. Although I would include a disclaimer that although it's worth it, that doesn't mean it will be easy. Or enjoyable (at times).
We went to a BBQ celebration in Kathryn's honor afterward. It was good to catch up on each other's lives- it's easy to let grad school take up all your free socializing time.