Emilee is finally graduated! One of the busy events of last weekend was her graduation with an Associate’s degree in Visual Arts from Hagerstown Community College. She worked hard, and she earned it. Woo Hoo!
Those who have followed our homeschooling journey know that Emilee pretty much unschooled through her teen years. She did very little prescribed curriculum past 7th/8th grade, but pursued her own interests, reading, traveling, etc. She was pretty well generally educated when she headed to community college, except for math. She took some remedial classes to catch up in that area, but in everything else, she did just fine… a testament that all that book learning through high school is not necessarily the only way to prepare for college.
She and Liz took a lovely shot of themselves when they were leaving in the morning. Amazingly, Liz had hip replacement surgery only about ten days earlier! With the aid of a cane, she managed to attend the Honors Convocation on Thursday and the graduation on Saturday, even maneuvering to the top of the bleachers because her daughter Aura wanted to sit up there. It proved to be a nice seat, as we could lean back on the wall rather than crowding into the really uncomfortable floor seating.
Of course, any time all six Grahls are in one place, we have to snap a pic, since it’s such a rare occurrence!
My mom sent a cute scrapbook page showing Em’s former roller derby team, and it included this adorable little Skater Em!
In a wonderful, serendipitous happening… the girls and Chris killed a little time at an antique store between the ceremony and our lunch reservation. They found a Turbo Man doll with working lights and sound! This movie has been a favorite of Em’s since she was little – in fact, at one point, Chris altered an old Iron Man doll to be more like Turbo Man, but he fell apart over the years. Now she’s got a real live Turbo Man for her very own!