Yay, Dan graduated! I am so proud of him. It was so ridiculously difficult, but he got through it.
I didn’t graduate, because I earned a certification, not a degree – I already had my degree from last time. (Dan earned a second degree.) I also have one more quarter of student teaching to do before I am officially done. I did, however, get to take part in a teacher dedication ceremony, and it was really meaningful.
First, our teachers put us on the spot and made us sing.
Next our advisers called us up one by one, said something about us, and then had us share either why we wanted to become teachers or an important moment from a teaching experience. Again, this was all 100% on the spot; we had no idea it was going to happen and didn’t plan what to say. But as a group of teachers we’ll all have to be good at winging it, and we all did fine.
At the end we each picked someone to do a prayer of dedication with us, and I chose my mom. Here’s my little group (and obviously we didn’t take this picture; I stole it from the college website.)
The next day was the actual graduation ceremony. Luckily the ceremony is held outside (so pretty!) (and big; I don’t think the church would hold everyone) and we live pretty close to Commencement Grove, so Dan walked over early. The rest of us followed later – I was sprinting in wedges pushing two kids in a double stroller down a dirt path, lol. It would have been funny if it weren’t so pathetic. (I don’t have any photos of that, in case you were hoping to laugh at me.)
The next three photos are by Marcia. Look at the pretty view:
Afterward, graduates are supposed to hang out with their fellow majors under a tree bearing their name (which is better than when I graduated; we had to sort ourselves by last name which was sad, because we wanted to be with our fellow major friends. This is better.) We fought through the crowd to get the following pictures:
After graduation, we had a party! But I can’t seem to track down any photos from said party, so I’ll have to update this part later. (Oh, and for the record, my whole family was at graduation – including sisters/bro-in-law – as were Dan’s dad and brother, but I somehow don’t have photos of those people. They were there, I swear! They’re probably in the party pictures that I don’t have.)
Finally, after everyone left (but my mom, who was staying a week to take classes at the college), we took the little boys on a walk so the big boy could take a well deserved nap. 🙂