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Last week I reported on our goddaughter’s graduation and noted that we had one more to go. The formal part of the second one, our godson graduating from Medical School, is now done too. There is still some celebrating left to do tonight before it’s all officially over.

On Friday, the Medical School held their convocation. It was held in the VCU basketball arena and was a wonderful two-hour ceremony. Excellent speeches given by various faculty and alumni and a moving speech from the graduating Class President.

Awards were given to some top achievers and each member of the class walked on to the stage to be hooded (an ancient tradition honoring students receiving advanced degrees). We swelled with pride throughout the ceremony, as did every single person in the audience, for their doctor.

Here is David about to be hooded, then in full hood regalia:

David about to be HoodedDavid with Hood

The next morning was the conferring of degrees, which was part of the full VCU graduation (including undergrads and all other schools). This was a very large gathering and was held in the Richmond Coliseum. Of the many people who came to see our godson graduate, I was the only one not to attend this part. I had other duties to perform, and I held up my end of the bargain.

Just for a sense of scale, first a shot of the empty floor before the Medical School Convocation, followed by the full floor at the VCU Graduation:

VCU Med School GraduationFull VCU Graduation

Between the two ceremonies, we can now definitively answer Yes to the age-old question: Is there a Doctor in the house? 🙂

Proud Parents with their newly minted Doctor:

David and Parents

We had lovely meals both Friday and Saturday night with family and friends, and tonight is the final send-off when a much larger group will get together at one of our favorite local Richmond restaurants.

Here is a shot of the cake before the first night’s dinner:

Dr. Dave Cake

As David himself noted at dinner last night, this was the end of 20 consecutive years of classroom education (not including kindergarten).

Lois brought a special bottle of wine (called Doc’s Own) from a very special person (Dr. Naumberg), who she worked for many years earlier. The story is memorialized (and laminated) 😉 and the bottle has a picture of Dr. Naumberg (now 90-years-old) on it:

Lois Presenting Doc\'s Own to David

It’s now officially OK to get sick in America. Dr. Dave will come to the rescue! 🙂

Here’s a photo of David with a local medical contingent, consisting of his Aunt (a Nurse) and close family friends (a Doctor and Nurse, husband and wife):

Medical Contingent

In a small world story, Lois and I ended up sitting immediately in front of the parents, sister, fiancee and future in-laws of one of our godson’s good friends. When that friend and his fiancee came for a visit to NYC two years ago, they joined all of us for a great night at The Blue Note Jazz Club for dinner and a concert.

With our backs to them, we didn’t immediately recognize the fiancee. But, when the sister tried to take a photo of the rest of the group, Lois offered to take one that included her, and as we began to speak to them, we realized the connection. Amazing stuff… 🙂

Here are the proud godparents, with the newly minted Doctor, proud as they can possibly be!

Lois David and Hadar

One Down One To Go

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So, you may have noticed that this space has been pretty quiet in the past two weeks. Exactly two posts since the Dolly Parton one. There are two reasons, we’re down at Zope for two weeks, so the days tend to be a bit busier for me (don’t even get me started on what Lois’ life is like down here) and our weekends are filled with joyous celebrations.

Last weekend was our goddaughter’s graduation with a Masters in Accounting from The Mason School of Business at William and Mary. She was the only person in her class to finish the degree with a 4.0 GPA (can you see my proud smile?).

Chris and Laura Graduation

Last year, when she graduated with a double major (English and Business) she won two awards: Highest GPA in the Business School and the Wall Street Journal Award (yes, her name appeared in the Journal as the representative from W&M).

If you’re a regular reader of this space, then you know that she’s getting married this summer (busy, busy, busy). Her fiance was in the Navy for six years prior to going to W&M, so even though he’s older than she is, he graduated from the Mason School of Business at W&M this year (undergrad). Amazingly enough (or not, for after all, she chose him!) 😉 he won this year’s Wall Street Journal Award at W&M! We were there to see both of them accept their awards.

Chris and Laura Diplomas

Pretty cool. Just as her free subscription to the Journal expires (that’s the prize), his begins. I’m sure he’ll let her peek at his copy. 😉

Congratulations to both of them on all of their amazing accomplishments, especially in light of their incredibly hectic schedules planning a wedding and a move to NYC right after their honeymoon! We couldn’t be prouder of both of them!

The title says one down (covered above), and one to go. This weekend is our godson’s graduation from Medical School. We’ll be attending various ceremonies and celebrations with the extended family throughout the weekend. There are times when life can be very sweet and rewarding, and this is definitely one of those times! 🙂

Update: added two photos to the post above.

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First and foremost, the heartiest possible congratulations to our goddaughter and her fiance on their Valentine’s Day engagement! (I just learned something in checking the spelling of the word finace! With one “e” at the end, it’s the male in the engagement, with two e’s at the end, it’s the female. Who knew? Not me!)

We couldn’t be happier for both of them, each of them is lucky (and perceptive and smart!) to have found the other!

Even happier (for us, on a selfish level) is the fact that they are both moving to NYC this summer (right after their wedding) and they will be living in the same building that we’re in. We promise not to intrude too much, but we’re really looking forward to having them in our lives whenever they don’t mind the company. 😉

Let me finish up with a small world, six degrees kind of story. If you’re a regular reader, then you know that we just saw Keith Urban at MSG the day before Valentine’s Day. I wrote about that concert here.

Over the years, we have gotten very friendly with quite a number of our godchildren’s friends, and have hosted them in NYC many times. One of those couples visited us this past December, and our goddaughter came up for that weekend as well (I blogged about that weekend three times, including a photo of all of us, here, here and here). We (but Lois in particular) communicate frequently with this couple. We had a few back-and-forths over the past few days with them, including communicating about our new Keith Urban fan status.

The couple is on a road trip this weekend, and in the car, they were listening to Keith’s latest (non-greatest-hits) CD (Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing, released in November 2006). When they heard the first song on the album, Once In a Lifetime Love, they immediately thought of our goddaughter and her engagement news, and wanted her to listen to that song, now!

They wrote to Lois, and explained that they were in the car, and couldn’t easily send the song along, and could we figure out a way to get her the song. We don’t have that CD (yet), so we couldn’t send it along directly either. Even if we did, we don’t share copies of our music, we just buy another copy and give it as a gift.

So, the obvious choice was to tell our goddaughter to purchase the song on iTunes and we’d pay for it. But, that didn’t feel fun or fresh. So, instead, following the advice I laid out in this post, more specifically, something mentioned in the comments to that post, I sent them all an email with the following instructions.

I told her to create a free account on imeem. Then, I sent her this link to the song that her friends wanted to share with her. It worked out perfectly, and our goddaughter confirmed that she got to listen to the song. Of course, now she’s free to buy it, or we can gift it to her, etc., but the instant connection/gratification of all of us collaborating to share the spirit of that song with the newly engaged couple, was fun and satisfying.

Here is a video of Keith talking about that song, and playing a bit of it, linked directly on the home page of his site.

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂