Hello May!

Hello May. And readers.

It has been nearly a month and much has been accomplished. For one, I graduated from seminary. I am now a Master of Divinity. Given the name of the degree I had high expectations, but contrary to those expectations, I was not conferred with any special powers. I’m hoping that they’ll be given when I receive my diploma after they’ve confirmed that all of the degree requirements have been met.

It’s a bit surreal that it’s all done now. Three years gone just like that. I’m not quite sure what to do with myself now that I have nothing pressing to do.

I was one of four people nominated for Valedictorian. At that point I was not interested in writing a speech on top of all the other things I had to do before the end of the semester. I was quite relieved when the graduating class nominated one of the other four to be the Valedictorian.

The other three nominees were asked to talk about their seminary at the grad banquet for 3-4 minutes  experience. I figured I’d think something up during the banquet and scribble it on a napkin. Then last year’s Valedictorian told me that her speech was only 5 minutes long! Suddenly those 3-4 minutes of sharing seemed like a much bigger deal. Mild panic. But all went well.

It was a relatively relaxed weekend. Festivities were done by noon on Saturday (then college festivities began). Which meant the rest of Saturday and Sunday with my mom, my brother, and the Otterburne Vandersluyses (Dixie’s parents unfortunately could not come because of health problems).

Here’s a picture of me in my cap and gown after the grad ceremony (taken on my brother’s iPhone):











And then some other stuff I’ll tell you about some other time…