And a graduation as well…

Not only was it our son’s 19th birthday today…

This evening we also had my daughter’s secondary school graduation ceremony. Socially distanced, so only two people from the same household were allowed to come. That meant sadly that our son couldn’t attend and the grandparents couldn’t either, but at least Mr Esther and I could go.

The director of mini-me’s school section gave a speech, the school principal had taped a video speech and then after that every graduating kid got their own little speech from the class mentor. Our daughter’s speech was about her being very lively with her ADHD and how that didn’t keep her from getting very good grades. Mini-me is going on to higher level secondary education and the teacher commented on how that should be no problem whatsoever for her. She also added that mini-me is easy and fun to talk to.

After all the speeches for each kid, the diplomas were signed and we had to leave again; mini-me was guided onto the red carpet, of course.

We of course had to celebrate such a day, so we went out for dinner afterwards at an Argentinian restaurant my son had picked out for us to eat at. We sat in a nicely secluded, socially-distanced corner and had lovely food.

It was a good end to a festive day.

28 thoughts on “And a graduation as well…

    1. aradaghast

      Toutes mes félicitations. Elle a mérité de belles vacances.
      Ils grandissent et pas à pas prennent leur indépendance.
      Par les temps qui courent, il vaut mieux continuer les études.

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      1. Servetus

        I feel like it’s one of the weird paradoxes of the present moment that the maxim “in an economic downturn, get another qualification / stay in school” is so hard to pursue in the US because it’s not clear exactly which campuses will even be open. Normally in a situation with as unemployment as we have we’d be run off our feet with new and returning students.

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        1. I have to say, I think schools here have really picked up the whole online education situation quite well and as we head into easing of lockdown measures, hybrid forms of education arise. At my uni I work at now, some lessons and exams will remain online, while others (the more practical lessons and some exams) will be provided socially distanced on location.
          New student applications here were indeed much lower than in other years at first but in June they took flight again and now we are pretty much up to last year’s levels. I hope that will turn out to be the case as well in the US!

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          1. Servetus

            I think there are two complicating factors here — one is that COVID 19 is far from under control in most places in the US. So it’s really dangerous for some people to go back. The other is that the consumer model for education means students are asking whether an online education is really worth what they were intending to pay (and often borrow) to get it. At my campus we’re expecting a 20% downturn in enrollment for fall assuming nothing gets worse. The students who are already matriculated will re-enroll; the people who were in adult / online studies will continue on their paths — but it’s unlikely that on a campus where part of what students pay for is the homey atmosphere and personal, F2F attention from the instructional staff, they will want to pay tuition just for online instruction.

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              1. Servetus

                It’s official — I’m not on the teaching schedule for fall; 20 percent drop in enrollment, i.e., the entire first year class probably isn’t coming. Sigh. I wish there were any consensus on what to do in the US, but the Trump administration seems very focused on trying to make things hard for educators at the moment.


  1. Great to see that the class of 2020 graduated with a nice albeit different ceremony! Congratulations to Mini-you 😉 Well done, especially with a few tricky challenges along the way.
    PS: She’s got amazingly long legs! And looks very pretty (even with obscured face).


    1. Thank you, Guylty!
      I’m glad they were able to do a ceremony. She was very nervous about it beforehand but in the end, I think she enjoyed it more than she wanted to admit.
      The legs – she gets those from her dad. 🙂


      1. It’s so important that literally pivotal events in our lives are celebrated with a proper event. She (and her fellow classmates) really deserved that – as an opportunity to actually show them they had accomplished something important. And also as an occasion to say good-bye to the life they have lived until now.
        (I will forever regret that in my generation, there were no university degree ceremonies whatsoever. There was no speech, no ceremony in gowns and hats, no hand-shake from the rector. There was not even a representative and pretty certificate that you could frame and hang on a wall. I got an A4 piece of paper in the post, and that was it. Sad.)

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        1. That is sad! Yes, I agree that such a milestone deserves a little special attention. Before Corona there was going to be a BTS (the Korean band she likes) concert in Rotterdam on July 8th and back then she even said she wanted to skip graduation for the concert. We told her no, graduation is the priority. For that alone. I’m happy the concert was cancelled in the end. 😉

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            1. I’m glad too! Her reasoning was that she’d have another graduation in two years anyway but even so, this was also an important milestone, achieved after some rough years earlier (as you already mentioned above – good memory!), so we felt it really deserved to be celebrated. All the emotional excitement has left her exhausted today. 🙂

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