Saturday, May 23, 2009

Graduation 2009

For years and years I have been taking classes at night, online and before Ben all day at SBCC. I am really proud to say that this semester was my last and that I have graduated with my Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. My plan is to transfer to an arts college in Maryland and complete my degree in Fine Arts with an emphsis in Photography.

Yesterday was Santa Barbara City Colleges Spring Graduation. I did not attend. Being 9months pregnant and having a "busy" toddler, Ben and I realized it would be very uncomfortable chasing Jocelyn in the bleachers and for me to sit in folding metal chairs for 2 hours. So we decided to throw our own. I made a diploma and printed it out on card stock (The one from SBCC is in the mail) and Ben handed it to me as my family hummed the graduation song at the beach. Ben said a few words and Tristan, Skylar and Jocelyn sang "Pop Corn Poping" as an opening number.

We finished it off with a toast of Sparking Cider and Cookies from Costco.



I don't suppose the Dean of Students has ever done this after handing someone their degree before.

Ben took Jocelyn and I out for dinner at Kyoto, a great Japanese restaurant where we had our own Tatami room. It was perfect.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

CONGRATULATIONS! I didn't go to my graduation either, but I walked across the room while Tyler sang Pomp and Circumstance and he handed me my diploma. How funny that we did the same thing. I find it feels good to put a degree when I'm filling out forms instead of just "some college." That always made me feel like a drop out.

Vivian said...

way to go Rileigh. Its a proud moment to finish a degree while being a mom at the same time.

Sarah and Barry said...

Congratulations, Honey!!!! I'm so proud of you!
-sarah

Whitney Parry said...

Congrats on the graduation! It really does feel good to be done doesn't it!:) Congrats.. PS.. love your new pregnancy pics! Your little girl is adorable too:)

Hansen said...

How fun! You guys are so cute, creative, and fun! I love it! Congratulations!

Kiki said...

what an awesome way to celebrate! i love that you are going to be pursuing photography. i think the shutterbug has bit quite a few of us around here! don't give up on the flowers though. you are an amazingly creative and talented woman!

Cheryl said...

Awesome !! And, I have to agree that your Dean did an wonderful job of makeing you feel loved!

Jenn said...

Rileigh, you are so cute. Congratulations on being done with school! I'm glad to have you as a friend, but sad you will be leaving. And let us know if we can help you guys out with the move and all. xoxo, Jenn

And, Lizzy, Doyle, Logan, and Andy said...

Congratulations! Way to go! You are a grown up! One time, a long time ago, you told me I was a grown up, and it is one of my best complements- so thanks! And I wish I was comming to see your baby!

Diana Hulme said...

This is great. I love it! I'm so glad you did your own...it's so much more personalized! Dan & I missed our graduation because we got married that day instead. We should have done something like this too! :) Congratulations.