Graduation Weekend! (Sunday Post, 5/07/17)

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The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures — I mean books!

Graduation Weekend

Last week’s concert went very well. I was so proud of my young (and not so young) singers! Grace, one of our two graduating seniors, played an absolutely gorgeous rendition of the Bach/Gounod “Ave Maria” on the violin. She’s a gifted violinist; I look forward to seeing where her talent takes her.

This weekend was Robin’s graduation. We flew out Thursday, meeting both sets of my parents just in time to hear Robin and her roommate Owl read their award-winning poetry and fiction pieces at the local bookstore. Friday, Robin was one of ten extraordinary women who spoke about their senior capstone projects at Baccalaureate. Her 10-minute presentation included a number of her haibun poems, woven together within a brilliant essay about her life journey to and at Prescott College.

Saturday was the actual graduation. Prescott is small and a bit nontraditional. Graduates don’t wear cap and gown, so Robin wore a Hufflepuff robe (very Robin!) Each student was presented with their diploma and “given away” by their favorite teacher or mentor, who gave a one-minute speech about the student. After the teacher, the student had one minute to speak. Most were thank yous or reflections on their time at college, but after Robin thanked us and her two teachers/mentors, she gave an impassioned speech about cuts to the Arts at Prescott and elsewhere. (That’s my wonderful daughter!) The whole ceremony was a moving celebration of each student’s achievement and their importance as individuals and to their community. (Sorry, no photo; they didn’t come out very well due to the lighting conditions.)

It’s been a wonderful weekend, made all the sweeter for the fellowship with both sets of my parents and with Owl’s parents, who have become our friends over the last few years.

Owl and her parents left this morning. Now, we’re packing up Robin’s stuff and helping her and her remaining roommate Wren clean out the house. Then we’ll head to my parents’ house and help Robin settle in; she’ll be living with them and doing both tutoring and freelance writing for the foreseeable future, while she thinks about what she wants to do next. Graduate school is a possibility.

 

Last Week on the Blog

 

Upcoming on the Blog

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What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading:  I had too much going on this week to get much reading done. I did re-read some of Jayne Castle’s Harmony series (also called the Ghost Hunters series.) One of these days, I’ll get back to The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (Gail Carson Levine; ARC) and all the other ARCs I’m supposed to be reading. (Especially now that the Clean Sweep Challenge is going on.)

Listening to: Hidden Figuresby Margo Lee Shetterly. Except that I didn’t actually have time to listen to it at all. Maybe in the next few days, while we’re clearing out and cleaning the house Robin and her friends lived in for the last two years.

Watching: We managed to fit in another Father Brown episode before we left for Robin’s graduation, but haven’t had time since.

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Nothing this week!

Purchased for Kindle

I did buy some books this week, but I’ll put them in next week’s post, because I need to get back to house-cleaning.

 

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

 

6 Responses to “Graduation Weekend! (Sunday Post, 5/07/17)”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Robin’s graduation sounds wonderful! I love how personal it sounds and how the students really got to let their personality shine through. Emma probably won’t march when she graduates because it’s the standard large university graduation but I think I’d make her if it was like that! Best of luck to all of you on this new phase. Have a great week and get some rest!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It really was a wonderful graduation—very personal, and a chance to learn something about each individual student. But obviously, it wouldn’t be possible to do something like this at a larger school.

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