My parents got married just three days after my dad graduated from college. He was taking a challenging course load, and one of those classes was a prerequisite to earning his degree. He had informed my mother that if he did not pass his final exams the wedding would be off, because he would need to take another semester of classes and would not have a job. I'm sure he felt fairly confident he would be fine - but imagine how stressful that must have been! (All went well, and they have been married 57 years this summer!)
I attended an American High School in Spain; the dress code for our graduation ceremony was formal attire, not caps and gowns. My mom sewed the dresses my twin sister and I wore from the same pattern, but in a different color of fabric for each of us. We hadn't dressed alike since we were quite small, and we haven't intentionally done so since! For that occasion however, wearing the same dresses seemed a sort of final nod to all the experiences we had shared, before we parted ways and went off to universities in different parts of the United States.
My college graduation ceremony (when I received my diploma) was somewhat upstaged by the "pinning" ceremony for my nursing class that same weekend. It was a very beautiful ceremony, with lots of sentiment. After four years of classes and clinical experiences, we were all so excited to receive our nursing pins and finally become a full-fledged nurses!
Time passed. Graduations of friends and family were many, then seemed to taper off - replaced by weddings and baby showers!
Before I knew it, my husband and I were celebrating our children's accomplishments. A low-key recognition of kindergarten completion was called a "graduation". A more elaborate celebration (with a party afterwards) marked their transitions from middle school to high school. My daughter has graduated from high school, and my son will do so also in just a year.
|Saturday Spotlight Series #22|
Graduation announcements from friends and family have been rolling in all month. As I've been writing congratulatory cards, I have taken a moment to reflect upon my memory of each student. Some we have know since they were quite small. My wish for all of them is a bright and happy future.
Congratulations to all of the graduates of 2015!
How many graduations have been milestones in your life?
Are you celebrating a graduate this year?
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