BC: Well worth it!
FC: ecee's Graduation Album
1: High School Graduation 6.11.82 | Spotswood Senior High School, Penn Laird, VA
2: We are | My Senior Picture
3: Our Senior Trip Bush Gardens | With Sara, best galpal since 8th grade
4: The Big Day | 6 | 11 | 82 | Morning Rehearsal | Believe it or not, it was my 18th Birthday...
5: Graduation Invitation and Program
8: One proud day indeed!!
9: College is never a bad choice.. I had gone into a major university right out of high school. Our family life changed; Mom and Dad moved to Florida, and Barb headed for Utah; all this in one summer. I choose the practical majors of first, astronomy, then art (very wise career choices for the Shenandoah Valley, I must say). Well, as the parents covered my rent, I started my illustrious career in food service for the flexible schedule. I found I had to work nearly full time to cover car payment, insurance, utilities, and if I wanted to eat. I did it for a few years, but got burned out. In 1987, after a stint at the glamorous Waffle House, I got on at Perdue Farms. I worked many years there, and with their Education Reimbursement Program, I was able to return to school. Good choice...
10: March, 1985, I walked out of a counselor's office at BRCC after tearfully making the decision to leave college. I sadly walked off the campus down a very long sidewalk, hoping one day to return.. May, 1986, I was on a bus going to my second job; it was a beautiful day. I noticed all the traffic, and asked the bus driver what was going on. I was told it was JMU's Commencement; the one I should have been at had I stayed in college. Oh well...one day. So, 25 years later.... | Some Painful Moments...
11: Now the long journey ... | ... to that college degree.
12: 2005 I had been with Perdue Farms for nearly 17 year and went into QA. I and finally decided to go back to school. | So after being a college sophomore for 20 years, with Perdue's help, I went to EMU and looked into the Adult Degree Completion Program. I had to take some classes at Blue Ridge Community College to bring up my proud 1.5 GPA and get the 60 credits to enter the program. So, walking up the same sidewalk the day I left college, I went to pay my first tuition. Scary....
13: February 7, 2006 Big Day; 11th anniversary with Perdue, first day on my new position as QA Corporate Grader, and that same Tuesday evening, Mike came with me to visit the EMU Campus for the ADCP Orientation. First time I officially attended in a university in years... | In the building above, May 2005, my daughter Allison sang in her WRE Program where she gave me the nail cross necklace. This and Grad Mickey hung from my rear view mirror until I graduated college.
14: Eastern Mennonite University | Adult Degree Completion Program | Cohort 46 | Favorite Professor Walter Surratt | Favorite Professor Walter Surratt
15: Though Mr. Surratt taught my most hated subject of Statistics, he got me into the joy of writing cartoons again; I got an extra credit point for every cartoon; yes, I wrote plenty of cartoons...
16: When Angels come to call . . . | Statistics was the hardest | Statistics proved to be the hardest class I ever attempted. I thought I'd never get through it; I stopped by my Grandma's picture, (a woman who herself went back to college at in midlife to get her Masters, and a great inspiration) telling her I could really use her help. At Christmas, my mother called me, and said she found a letter Grandma wrote back in 1985 saying "Cecilia needs a break". Mom sent it too me, and I felt Grandma was watching over me. She helped me get through the toughest time of school. I'll always cherish this letter... | Grandma Julia was my main inspiration to return to college. She was the first woman in her family to graduate in 1928. 35 years later she went back to college to graduate with her Masters in 1963.
17: My other inspiration | I couldn't have accomplished this without the Education Reimbursement given by Perdue Farms. I met Frank Perdue many times, and with his love of Baseball, carried a baseball charm in my pocket at graduation. I wrote Jim Perdue a Thank You Note, and our busy CEO kindly wrote back. Great company, Great people.
18: Graduation Celebration with Mike's Family
19: EMU Commencement | April 29th, 2007 | Remember in 1986 how I missed the JMU Commencement? As it turned out, the building we had our class in on the EMU Campus was built that very same year. God has a sense of humor.
20: The Big Day | Goin' to the chapel and we'rr... Gonna get graduated!!
21: The Chapel | Sharon | Martha | Nicole
23: Proud Moments for Cohort 46!
24: Enjoying the moment | What a great day it was!
25: A 25 year journey, but well worth the effort!
26: December 2008 My last night of a long journey | My last class was Accounting, I was terrible in it, but mad some great pals, Angela and Ashley | Last glimpse of my last class; we celebrated our last night with cupcakes, we did!!. | Silly Pix, here. I just slid my last test under the professor's office door; last assignment, I'm smiling because NO MORE HOMEWORK EVER!! | Last Stint - Lord Fairfax Community College | - -to finish up my electives!
27: The Most Expensive Pieces of Wallpaper I'll ever ow:
28: The Spotswood Sr High School Class of 1982 Silver Reunion October 2007 | 2007 was a good year; partook in my college graduation ceremony, and went to our 25th High School Reunion
29: Sara Lapsley, Cathy Shipe, Any Morris, Ben what-his- name, June Christian (cool homecoming queen), Keith Loker, | Ken McNish (7th grade crush), Rodney, Joyce Shorter and Jenny Jarrels getting sung to by what's his name
30: Some great folks we shared our table with, was happy by this picture | Class of | Lots to cheer about! | This is one of my favorite pals, Jeff Ecroyd - he took my Memory Book home and drew this rose for me, and signed it at the reunion - talented guy who served the military 21 years - it was his first reunion, too | 1982
31: Special Art work by Jeff Eckroyd | Always strive for your dream and never give up, for it's well worth it...