|Grandma Lib in hotel lobby|
|Dan right after graduation ceremony|
|Granddad Bob White looking at diploma|
My grandfather as far as I can recollect did not attend college. All his children attended and a few even received advanced degrees. My graduating class at Mathias, WV in 1955 was all of twelve strong. At least half graduated from college. I distinctly recall feeling a little foolish in my cap and gown, even though I had scarcely attained the gold chord of the Honor society. Though college was a definite next step I knew that I was an adult only in name, that true adulthood was when you were economically independent. Still, there was the family jubilation upon my graduation.
Over the decades it is the college degree that signals entrance into adulthood and that open doors to jobs or careers that promise some economic security or personal fulfillment. Dan graduated from one of the nation's top high schools and will be attending Temple University nearby with both academic and sports scholarships. He soccer abilities have been noted.
The Hotel Dupont, one of the venerable and classy national hotels has a history going back a hundred years and she carries her age with dignity and aplomb. That the school holds its ceremonies at this venue speaks volumes.
Afterwards we celebrated at his home with both sets of grandparents and family.
|Bill, Dan, and Lib|