Graduation, USM 2000
Graduation was an incredible celebration of accomplishment and experience. Graduation
weekend was kicked off by a party thrown by one of my project team members, John Tyler.
Eric came down from San Francisco, and everyone got to meet the man who was so much in my
heart during my time at USM. In many ways, one could say that Eric got to go to USM
vicariously. I think Ron is still trying to figure out a way for Eric to pay tuition!
Saturday, August 27 began with the annual "Walking the High Ground." It's a
fundraising event where graduates and guests hike up into the hills overlooking Santa
Monica, symbolic of the journey "up the mountain" we'd been on for the past two
The following photos are from "Walking the High Ground."
Saturday evening was a special graduation ceremony for the graduating class.
Sunday was graduation day. The guest speaker at graduation was Jean Houston. She is
phenomenal. What I remember most is when she talked to the class before graduation. She
called us "midwives of souls." We are uniquely prepared for ushering in the new
The ceremony was very uplifting. I didn't take pictures during the actual ceremony.
Hopefully someone has a picture of me walking across the stage. I do have post graduation
pics of various people. First, there's my project team: Me, John, Roman,
and Christina. If you notice the buttons we are wearing, I had them made up for everyone
graduating that day. They say "I AM" -- "Student of the
Millenium." Many of my friends turned out for the ceremony. Photos are of me (the one
in the cap and gown):
- with Eric
- with Greg
- with Lynne
- with Erin
- with the Culps
(my dad's sister, her husband, and son...
Claire, Rick, and Tyler)