As we reported earlier in the year, Aly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in March (see Aly Graduates!). She wanted to march in her graduation ceremony, so yesterday we went to the campus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, to watch it happen.
A surprisingly large contingent of family and friends attended the graduation, including some of Michelle’s and my college friends, Michelle’s parents and one brother, my father and sisters. We sat through about four speeches and 1125 graduates, waiting for our one to cross the stage. We’d had some serious heat by our Alaskan standards earlier in the week, but graduation day, in the 70s, proved hot enough in the open air graduation. Even so, we made new friends, including a family in front of us celebrating their fourth Evergreen graduate. We found so many shared connections with these people they practically seemed like family before the ceremony ended.
As her parents, we shared a proud moment, the culmination of her formal education for the time being. So many of her friends and advisers in her chosen field, archaeology, told her that if they could do it all over again, they would delay earning their advanced degree so that they could do more field work in their younger years. That, for the moment, is Aly’s plan. She’s currently looking for archaeology work primarily, but also applying for anything that will help her pay the rent.
As I said in the previous post, very little could tempt us to leave our “homestead” at this time of year, but we wouldn’t miss the chance to see Aly receive her college degree!