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Finishing one chapter … ready to start another

We’re still soaking in all the excitement of Catherine’s graduation from Greenwich High on Thursday, but there’s no time dilly-dally.

Tuesday marks the start of a three-day orientation at Hofstra. Yesterday found us buying our first dorm gear — a set of sheets and mattress pad for the overnight introduction to the next school year.

And on June 30, she’ll start her job at ESF summer camp.

I can see that move-in day in August will be here in the blink of an eye.

First, though, a quick look at some of the scenes from Thursday night.

The rain stopped in the nick of time and sun shone brightly on the 646-member class of 2014, as though Mother Nature herself was offering congratulations and lighting the way for each graduate to make his or her way in the world.

"I'm going to graduation, but first let me take a selfie."

“I’m going to graduation, but first let me take a selfie.”


Catherine getting her diploma.

Catherine getting her diploma.

The photo below is one of my favorites from the night. (I distinctly remember being told at my commencement 30 years ago that we were — under no circumstances — allowed to throw our mortarboards in the air lest someone lose an eye. Naturally we ignored our teachers one last time.)

Most of the kids Thursday decorated their mortarboards with the logos of the colleges where they are headed. Catherine made sure her Hofstra pride was in evidence, and that her manicure displayed her new school colors: blue and gold.


The scenes in the student center and courtyard were madness after the ceremony, with everyone crammed together, trying to find each other and take photos. Still, we found a quiet corner for this shot, just so it would be official.


She did it!








About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


6 thoughts on “Finishing one chapter … ready to start another

  1. Congratulations to Catherine! Exciting days ahead:)

    Posted by Lynn | June 23, 2014, 9:35 am
  2. Congratulations to Catherine.. Good job Basil & Terri. Great photos.

    Posted by John Pontillo | June 22, 2014, 6:48 pm
  3. Congratulations to Catherine, and to both of you! Well done!

    Posted by momshieb | June 22, 2014, 4:53 pm

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