Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kindergarten Stepping Up

Today was Arosha’s graduation ceremony. This year it was not just me, but also Danya’s parents and Anюta, who attended. Danya would have loved going too, but he had to drive to work today on account of interviewing a potential candidate for their company.

I enjoyed the ceremony this year again. They had it together with another kindergarten class at 10:30, while the other 4 classed had it earlier on the same day. Our class sang 2 songs by themselves, and one song together with the other kindergarten class. It was really nice. I could not hear Arosha’s voice in the choir as I did last year, but I definitely saw that he was participating. I knew the repertoire in advance, since he sang the songs at home from time to time.

After graduation ceremony.They also got their diplomas on stage. Everything was very festive and a lot of parents and grandparents came to cheer up, support and be proud of their little ones.

Afterwards, Arosha’s teacher, Mrs. Piazza, invited the parents to the classroom. She made her own diplomas for each student and said a few kind words about each one of them. It was very nice and moving. She also made her own montage of the class pictures that she’s been taking throughout the year (in addition to the one that school prepared for all classes combined), which just shows again how much she cares. She is relocating to another state, and it is sad to see her go, since I was hoping to get her for Anюta in a few years. Arosha really liked Mrs. Piazza, which was so important for his overall happiness!

Kindergarten teacher.There are still 3 days left of school, and then summer break starts! I can’t wait to be honest. Even though Arosha had no homework for the last three weeks, it’ll be nice to be on our own schedule. Although, I do realize, it’ll be somewhat harder for me to handle both children all day.

I hope that next school year will be as good as this one was! Or better — there is no limit to perfection!

Arosha's class.
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Monday, June 2, 2008

My Graduation

Us after Alёnas graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden.On Wednesday, May 28th, Baruch hosted its 43rd commencement ceremony for the 2008 graduates. Of course I didn’t want to miss the chance to wear a cap and a gown, and to feel proud of myself while doing it. Danya joined me in this quest for finalization of my long way to a college degree.

I wasn’t really sure if the ceremony would be fun, but it exceeded my expectations. There were actually two ceremonies — one in the morning (that’s the one we went to), and one in the afternoon. Both of them took place in Madison Square Garden.

Danya and I arrived to the designated place at approximately 10:10. I put my academic outfit on, and we took some pictures. Then our ways separated — Danya went to the theater hall where all the relatives and friends of the graduates sat, and I went to some corridor, where the excited graduates were bunched up in a long line.

Alёna, Felicia and Inna just before the graduation. Photo is a courtesy of Inna R.I met some classmates (Inna and Felicia) in the line and we waited for about an hour before entering the theater hall where the ceremony took place. There were so many people, that I couldn’t even find Danya in the crowd! I called him on the cellphone, waived my hand — and that problem was solved. ) This year around 3,700 people have graduated from Baruch — 2,600 of them with Bachelors degrees, and 1,100 with Masters degrees.

Chuck Schumer speaking at Baruch 43rd Commencement Ceremony. Photo by Inna R.A whole bunch of speakers, including a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees Kathleen M. Pesile, a journalist Alma Guillermoprieto, the president of Baruch Kathleen Waldron, a valedictorian Jonathan Rich, have congratulated the graduates and their families. The best speech was given, not surprisingly, by a politician — a special guest Senator Chuck Schumer. His address was really inspiring — he talked a bit about his career and about his family, and he wished us to enjoy whatever job we’ll end up with.

Graduation at Madison Square Garden.The valedictorian address was memorable too because by graduating from Baruch John Rich continued an ongoing family tradition — 12 members of his family graduated from CUNY schools, starting wih his great-grandmother somewhere back in the 1890s.

I must say that I am glad that I’ve decided to go to the ceremony — I felt a certain happiness, and a sense of achievement. Now all that’s left is to find a good job and to prove that my education is indeed worth something. teeth
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