Saturday was graduation day for my daughter. The day has come and gone but it was glorious, even though it was pouring when we tried to exit the Westchester County Center. We weren’t able to get any family pics of her in her cap and gown, but I was able to get some during the ceremony. They aren’t the best but they will have to do. Here are some of my favorites:
Both of the above pictures were taken at the Baccalaureate dinner on Wednesday evening, May 8. They dinner was held at a lovely Italian ristorante in downtown Manhattan. It was at this dinner that Johannah had to give her valedictory speech. She did a great job! Because of her accomplishments, we were seated at the president’s table for dinner. I felt quite honored to be there!
On Saturday morning, May 11, Johannah was to give another speech at the President’s brunch. We were not originally going to attend since she was told that she could only invite 2 people. But on Wednesday night at the dinner, we were invited to attend this event. What a lovely brunch and another great speech. Even President Scales had a tear in his eye when she finished (this according to his wife!).
The 2013 graduating class was huge with over 700 graduate and undergraduate students! This was the largest class ever to graduate from Nyack College. I think that was one of the reasons that Johannah did not have to give her valedictory address on this occasion. The name of each graduate that attended the ceremony had their name read out loud. However, when they got to Johannah they said, “Mr. President, our valedictorian, Carol Johannah Ziegler-Ritter.” That was one proud momma moment for me! I was able to get a picture of her shaking the President’s hand. I’m disappointed that it’s so blurry, but it’s the best I could do with my camera and how far we were sitting from the stage.
God has certainly blessed us with two children that have reached the highest academic position as an undergraduate — valedictorian of their classes! Edward started it all 2 years and ago and Johannah followed in his footsteps. We are proud parents but are most thankful to God for allowing us to be their parents. We give Him all the glory — it’s not anything that we did, it’s all Him! We followed Him and listened to what we felt He was telling us to do and how to raise our children. I believe that it’s because of our obedience as parents, that we have thus been blessed!
Thanks for allowing me to brag on my kids and share our day with you!