ABSTRACT

When the emphasis is placed on the word “ending” it is necessary to keep in mind that this is not a one-sided concept. Actually it describes only half of a life process. Designating the final culmination scene of an educational experience as “commencement day” is not the incongruity it has seemed to many people. This phrase incorporates the positive aspects that belong to every ending experience. The emphasis is not merely on the ending of something already past, but on the new which is being ushered in. The leaving of the old and the beginning of the new constitute the ever-recurring shift­ ing of the scenes in human development. The old is termi­ nated with full regard for the values and satisfactions that have accrued from it. If these values must, however, be mea­ sured and felt only in the circumstances in which they were experienced originally, then they cease to be growth-induc­ ing influences and lose their positive meaning. Values from any life experience retain their positive meaning only as the

individual is free to use them in the ever-recurring newness of living. This is not forgetting and repressing the old, but it is using the old to provide the structure of the new. Thus, there is the continuum so essential, not only for individuals, but for the cultures in which they move and live.