Here is the opening to my Saturday column about A. J. Jenkins and his graduation from college and the 49ers:

SANTA CLARA — It is important for a college graduate to attend graduation and to make that dramatic march in cap and gown in honor of four years of hard, rewarding work, and to pose for photos with the family and to introduce the proud family to professors and to possess that special day for a lifetime.

I applaud professional athletes who actually graduate from college — many do not — and I applaud those who place the graduation ceremony before practice.

OK, that should get you started. Jenkins graduated, but he didn’t walk at his graduation. Too bad. This is what Jim Harbaugh had to say and this is what Jenkins said. To read the column, click here.