Today is one of the main reasons I'm in Seattle this week... It's my graduation day! The three of us in the above picture started on our journey toward our graduate degrees a long time ago. A very long time ago. How long? Let's just say that back when we started out, Brad and Jen were still married. Yep. So, needless to say, this graduation has been a long time coming.
One of the best parts of today was seeing my friends again. Jessica, the cute gal on the left, and I grew up in the same tiny town and met in high school. So, to be able to share in this journey together has really meant so much to me. Ms. Jennifer Davila Beckwith, pretty lady on the right, made an impression from the very first day I met her at orientation. During our first class together, I asked her if she had finished the reading. Her response? "I haven't cracked a book yet." From that moment on, I knew we were friends for life. I love her more than I can say and if I get nothing else out of my degree, my friendship with her has made it absolutely worth every penny.
We still can't believe we (finally!) finished...
Yeah, I opted not to wear a gown...
Hooray! I officially have my MA in Psychology!
I am happy and privileged to now be an official graduate of Antioch University. Antioch has several locations in this country and was founded in 1852 on the principles of progressive education and social justice. The graduates of this school really want to give back to the world. The words of Horace Mann, the founder of Antioch, make me so very, very proud to be a graduate of this fine institution.
"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."
Having my family there to celebrate with me and knowing that today, on Father's Day, my father must be very proud, made this a lovely, lovely day.