Once, we got back to the dorm it was time to pack it up and then we headed out around campus to take pictures of Ashley in her cap and gown.
On the side of her dorm
time to share a giggle with the bookie
had to snap a picture of my favorite bird in the area
---love that long tail---
we fell in love with this mommy squirrel
even braved a quick pic with her until she seemed to get a little nervous
a little visit to the practice field
We shared one last dinner at Birch and Barley, shopping for new pants for graduation
and we were officially ready for the big commencement ceremony on Saturday.
They held three ceremonies on Saturday, and ours was the middle one. The president of the campus gave a wonderful speech on the leap of faith these students embarked on and the leap of faith ahead of them as they journey into the world with their degrees. He said that these students with baccalaureate degree had accomplished something 70% of Americans haven't, a Master's is something 85% of Americans haven't achieved and a Doctorate is something 99% of Americans never achieve. Wow, kicked up the pride factor even higher! Ashley's geology professor called her a "Rock Star"
and her mom and dad couldn't agree with him more.
---A world of possibilities lays before her---