Flashback Friday: College Graduation, 2004

This Flashback Friday features one of my best achievements as an adult: college graduation.

The light blue tassel represents the Education department.

I changed my major 3 or 4 times, so it took me a few more years than my friends to finally graduate. I went from a university, to a city college, then back to the university to complete my degree in Liberal Studies (that’s what a teaching degree was called back then–is it still?). I graduated Magna Cum Laude and was in the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California at that time, so his signature is on my diploma.

As was the norm with some families back then, I was the first in mine to earn a bachelor’s degree. My mom was an immigrant and never pursued a higher education here in America. She’s gotten by very well even without it. My dad, who had joined the Air Force right after high school, had to become the man of his family when his own father passed away rather suddenly. He’s always loved working on trains, so he didn’t need a college degree anyhow. My older brother had earned his associate’s degree, but then he started up his own computer business and didn’t really need any more schooling. So yes, my graduation was a big deal.

Be sure to come back next week, when I share details about one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever done.

As always, thanks for stopping by. ❤

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