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When these roses appear each year at the Wegman’s store in Canandaigua, I find myself absolutely fascinated all over again! They are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but are lushly abundant!

The Graduate!

On her way, in the car!  Michelle was feeling a tad nervous, but also quite confident!

We arrived and found our seats. As the ceremonies began, there was lots of hoopla, with bagpipes and a procession of deans, the Provost, the President of RIT, and the graduates. It was quite spectacular, all in all.  What I forgot to say is that for Michelle’s college…The E. Philip Saunders College of Business…the whole thing was actually two days! The ceremonies began on Friday afternoon, with the convocation. This was with all the graduates of RIT…to the tune of thousands! I think there were about 3,500.  The convocation included a speaker who graduated several years ago and works for Microsoft. He invented Kinect for the X-Box 360.  The convocation concluded with President Destler  giving the deans of the various colleges the diplomas of the graduates.

At this particular ceremony, I sat next to a young lady who was graduating from the College of Science. She was so cute…she had a paper due just before the hoopla, so she worked on it and then decided she would attend the ceremonies as an observer. But, she also kept hopping down from her seat to her grandfather’s wheelchair, making comments to him. He was 90 years old, and she had asked him to travel from Florida for her graduation.  She told me she is one the youngest of his fifteen grandchildren, and the first to invite him to a graduation! We talked and it was fun having her next to me!

On Saturday, we went back in the early evening for Michelle’s graduation ceremony. More bagpipes and processions!  There were almost four hundred graduates from Michelle’s school.  Michelle got a little surprise.  She, along with four other students, maintaining a 4.0 average, will have their names engraved on a plaque which hangs in the college! Wow! Once again, our “homegrown” girl has impressed us with her diligence!  I spoke to her yesterday, and she said, yes, she often felt like she was spending all her time on schoolwork and why?  It really did feel good to hear that there was recognition for all her labors!

Well, all the gala is done now. Michelle walked down the graduation aisle although she is now completing her last two courses, online.

So, here is our graduate…..

Yup, that’s our girl!

Congratulations, Michelle! A job well done!