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Friday Family History: Education Expectations

Dad always told us kids, "The worst mistake I made was marrying your mother before she graduated from college."  We would all laugh, because our parents are very happily married, but we also understood the expectation that we would all finish college. 


Though he denies it, I think I made Dad just a bit nervous when I got married after only 3 years of college.  Dad loves John, though, and all was definitely right with the world when I finished my degree. 

Mom does not have her diploma, but she definitely keeps learning.  She's even doing math problems online for fun.  I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up the subject of a newspaper headline:  "Great-grandmother Dons Cap and Gown."

Meanwhile, my children work toward their own degrees.  Last week, we traveled to Provo, Utah to attend our oldest daughter's senior thesis presentation.  BYU does not have a graduation ceremony in December, and our daughter doesn't want to walk in April's ceremony, so this was our chance to celebrate her accomplishment.  She graduates with a BA in Art History, and she presented the thesis:  The Dog as a Symbol of Power: Titian's Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga della Rovere with a Small Dog.  I'm one proud mom.

After the presentation, we celebrated college-style with a pizza dinner. 

Doesn't oldest daughter (in middle) look relieved to be done with her presentation?

John's parents joined us for the evening's festivities.

Thanks for educational opportunities and chances to celebrate.


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  1. Congratulations to your daughter on her accomplishment and to your family for celebrating in such grand style. High Five all around.

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  2. Congrats to your daughter!!!! What an accomplishment! She certainly does look relieved. :0)

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  3. You must be soooo proud!! Your oldest daughter looks relieved for sure ;-) Not an easy thing. Lovely group of young (and not so young) people celebrating with pizza is always good, no matter what the occasion.
    Have a good weekend and congratulate your daughter with her achievement!!

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  4. Your dad sounds like a very wise man!

    College/University life is hard, but definitely worth the sacrifice and effort.
    Congrats to your daughter. :)

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  5. Congratulations!! Finishing is a huge accomplishment.

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