It’s All Over But the Shouting!

I can’t believe that I’m finally saying this, but I’m done, finished and it’s all over but the shouting!!!  Today I took my last exam and handed in my last assignment.  After 10 years of hard work, I have completed the work for my Bachelor’s Degree!  I think I’m still in shock!  Ten years ago I was approaching 50 and mulling over the things I had wanted to accomplish in my life, but hadn’t.  A Bachelor’s Degree was at the top of the list.  So, I went out to lunch with my best friend, Jan, and asked her what she thought of the idea.  Jan teaches at our local community college and not only encouraged me, but after lunch drove me right over to the college to sign up for the asset test!  The rest, as they say is history.  It took me 6 years to get my AA degree, but I graduated at the top of my class with a 4.0 and transferred to Washington State University.  I will be graduating from there summa cum laude with a 3.94.  I have taken at least one class every single quarter/semester (except for summers) for the past 10 years.  I’m nothing if not stubborn!  Graduation will be May 3rd, which incidentally is Isobel’s birthday.  My mom and dad are flying out for the ceremony. 

In other news, the Second Annual Spring Tea was yesterday.  Here are  pictures of some of the lovely participants:


By the way, Jan – the lady who spurred me on to college is on the far left.


A fun time was had by all and I can’t believe I put this together (with a little help from my friends) only two days after I returned from Orlando.

And, in knitting news, I am almost finished with the front of Torgier.  When I laid it out on the floor to measure, Maggie pronounced it good and promptly went to sleep on it:


Off to get ready to go out.  Bill is taking me out to dinner to celebrate.  I told him I was way too educated to cook.  He told me I was educated enough to read a cookbook, but he’ll cut me some slack today!

21 thoughts on “It’s All Over But the Shouting!

  1. Congratulations!! I admire those who set an educational goal and stick with it to the end, especially when it is well beyond the time that most would consider the opporunity lost. Here’s wishing you the very best on this momentous occasion!


  2. Congratulations! That’s a very huge accomplishment!

    And Bill’s comment about being educated enough to read a cookbook cracks me up. I think I’d make him cook for a week for that one.

  3. Huge, major, fabulous, splendid, unending *congratulations*!!!

    You are completely awesome! (and this is just one more way of showing it)

  4. Congratulations, Dorothy! Well done! I said a while back I thought you were the type of person who can tackle just about anything and do it well. I was right! Proud to know you, even if it is in blogland.

  5. Congratulations! That is such an awesome accomplishment.

    Once an HR person told me that if nothing else a college degree proves a person has what it takes to stick with a project until it’s done. Not a small thing when it comes to attending classes for ten years.

    Now relax and enjoy all the fuss of your well earned graduation celebrations.

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!! Summa Cum Laude too! I’m really proud of you Dorothy!

    Now for the important stuff…TEN years ago you were approaching 50?? Hunny, today you don’t even look 50!! Must be true about learning keeping you young 🙂

  7. A Standing Ovation! Now you can read for pure pleasure. What a wonderful, wonderful accomplishment – and during those ten years, think how many other things you did also – including knitting and quilting. What a woman! I know your mother and father are busting their buttons.

  8. You did it! What’s next 😉 Hope you’re taking a break after that big an accomplishment.

    Gracee does that, too, uses any soft thing on the floor for a pillow.


  9. A huge congratulatory hug is coming your way from the middle of Iowa!! Awesome accomplishment. Rest…enjoy…bask in the limelight… Now you KNOW you can do whatever you set your mind to!

    Love that Maggie girl! So cute….

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