Saturday, June 12, 2010

Congratulations Graduates!!

This has been a big year for our family. Truth, Love, and Peace are all grown up and just graduated from college.

On May 14, 2010 at 11:00 am, Peace received a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Information Systems from USC's Marshall School of Business.

Then she had a luau party with a roasted pig and a bounce house in the backyard of the place where she has been living. She gleefully noted that this was a case of the last coming first and the first coming last. She will be visiting Europe before coming back to LA to start the orientation for her new job managing a kitchen for Houston's restaurant.

On May 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm Love received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies from San Francisco State University.

She has long been a lover of penguins, so a friend in the Art Department painted a penguin on her cap. It showed up well on the huge TV. The entire student body at San Francisco State graduated in one long ceremony due to budget cuts. If you didn't have something on your mortar board, your family didn't really know which one you were. Love made sure that her family could see her clearly. She will be working with her dad and living at home for the rest of the summer before attending a two-year ministry training program in church service and Bible. After that she hopes to get a Master's in Education and teach high school English.

Afterwards, Love had a barbecue with her friends in the park near her house in San Francisco.

Truth bought silly string to get Peace, but it was confiscated at USC, so it reappeared in the park in San Francisco where everything goes...

On June 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm Truth received a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics (concentrations: Italian, Chinese, and a certificate in teaching ESL) from UCLA.

She graduated summa cum laude.

But her true ambition is to be a hobo. She will be taking a summer module in Architectural Design before leaving on a trip to Beijing. From there she will go to Mongolia with a friend to ride ponies. Then she will visit relatives in Taiwan and friends in New Zealand. Then she will go on to teach English for a few months to AIDS orphans in Tanzania. On the way home she will visit Morocco and some other African countries and then stop in Hawaii to see a friend. Her mortar board sported a packed suitcase:

Her cheering section was the loudest, so they had to go incognito.

And of course, the previously silly stringed got their revenge with interest...

Congratulations to my babies!!! I'm really proud of you!!

Love always, Mom


Cloudia said...

Congratulations to a family that i have come to love and think of as cousins.

well done, cousins!!!!!!

Aloha from Waikiki

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Teresa said...

Thanks, cuz :)

murat11 said...

Awesome pictures. Loved them, all of them. Makes me want to graduate once more, just so I can decorate the mortar board - how cool is that!

Teresa said...

Hey Murat,

Don't you wear academic regalia when there are graduations at the instituto? You can decorate your mortar board then. I bet you can start a tradition among your classes. Everyone can have one decorated word on their mortar boards that when they line up together makes a really off-the-wall poem or some other bit of Muravian madness.

Barrie said...

Oh, thank you for posting. I enjoyed reading about the festivities and upcoming plans. Love the silly string!!

Teresa said...

Hi Barrie,

Our story does have a reasonably happy ending. But there were some interesting and unexpected bumps along the way. Due to our multicultural, multilingual backgrounds, our problems were a bit different from most.

I am very, very proud of my girls and the women they are turning into.

Barrie said...

I'm enjoying the Daily Confuscius