Friday, May 18, 2012

The Graduates

Four days and some four hundred miles apart, Chuck and Sammi each received a master's degree and, proud parents that we are, Laurie and I made the trips for each. 

On the William & Mary campus
On Sunday, Sammi received her Master's in Educational Administration from The College of William and Mary so we made a weekend of it, driving to Williamsburg, Virginia on Friday and home on Monday. We went sightseeing in Norfolk on Saturday and on Monday we stopped at the school where Sammi works, getting to meet her students and colleagues.

At Radio City Music Hall
Chuck's MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business was celebrated at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Thursday. Needless to say, it was a much shorter trip to get there. 

Anyone who has ever been to a graduation ceremony knows what the speeches are like. Phrases like "follow your dreams," "do the right thing," and "you'll always be part of the (name of school) family" abound. So the highlights of the two ceremonies had nothing to do with those.

The President of William and Mary told the story of how the college recently adopted a new school mascot. There were many suggestions, many meetings, and much discussion, but he finally opted for a griffin, the mythical half-eagle / half-lion. Having made that decision, however, he was faced with a bigger one: Should the griffin wear pants?
The photo shows his decision on that pressing matter.

The highlight of the NYU ceremonies came in a speech by one of the students. Speaking about the friends he had made during his time at the school, he said that he hoped in ten or twenty years he would still have one of them, "because I would have paid $98,000 for that friend!"

Laurie and I have both been interviewed a number of times over the years and, invariably, we are asked, "What do you consider your greatest achievement?" Our response is always the same: "Chuck and Sammi!"

My children, you make us proud every day with everything you do!

Sammi shows off her diploma and her "graduation Crocs"

Chuck displays his graduation pin; diploma to follow in the mail

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