The class of 2006 is a new generation with a whole new genre of knowledge. Sure they come away from their 13 years of schooling with an education in math, literature, science and history. But they also have a technical vocabulary and computer literacy that didn't even exist when their parents graduated.
They have come through the same teenage struggles as every class before them ? perhaps enough tougher ones than generations before them. And while technological advances have helped make many things easier for them, it was also a whole vast knowledge they had to soak up to survive ? skills that will be crucial to make it in the world today.
But as we've watched them say goodbye to their formative years and embrace their future over the past several days, it is clear this generation of students has more to offer than knowing the ins-and-outs of Google, the best strategies for games on an Xbox or PlayStation 2, or the best model iPod to get.