Aly’s Graduation Day

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 brief glimpse of the graduate: Aly prepares to cross the Evergreen stage (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

A brief glimpse of the graduate: Aly prepares to cross the Evergreen stage (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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!

Proud Family (Photo: Beth Zeiger).

Proud Family (Photo: Beth Zeiger).

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4 Responses to Aly’s Graduation Day

  1. Jon Marshall says:

    Congratulations to your Daughter for graduating. I am currently in school, but i am doing it all online. I have to work full time and when i am not i am taking care of my sick wife and little girl. Its a full time job all the time. I love reading your blog, it gives me a break from it all and takes me to a place that i would love to be at,in and experiencing. I lived in Alaska for 6 summers in Denali and each summer, i got more and more Alaskan Ized. I miss it. It calls me yearly. We named our daughter McKinley after our working honeymoon the summer we were married. Thank you for your blog, your posts are fun, informative and a sneak peek into your world.

    Have a blessed weekend.

    Jon Marshall

  2. Mark Zeiger says:

    Wow, John, thanks! We’re glad you like the blog. Your kind words keep us going.

  3. John and Mary Helfrich says:

    Congratulations to Aly!!!!
    Also, congratulations to both of you……you raised a wonderful gal who will make a difference in the world. Thank you for our visits to your homestead and we only wish we could see you again. Way to go Aly!!!!
    You both look great by the way…..interesting to see you (Mark) with less hair and sans beard!
    John and Mary

  4. Mark Zeiger says:

    Thank you on all our behalf, John and Mary! We are all pretty proud of ourselves.

    So, am I rocking the “Doctor Evil Takes a Holiday” look? I had not remembered that I wore a beard on one of your visits. But, I love the new look for its practicality, and may keep it a while.

    We know it’s likely not in the cards, but your reservation at Casa de Zeiger Inna Bigwoods is always on the books!

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