This is the week we were supposed to be in Chicago for my youngest daughter’s college graduation. We had an awesome week planned with graduation celebrations and a roof top party with family and friends. As we all know the world has changed and life has been canceled or I should say put on hold due to the coronavirus.
I am sad for the class of 2020 missing all the pomp and circumstance of the graduation season. I am also sad that the next chapter is also put on hold as it is hard to find a job right now and the economy is crap. All the plans and hopes that Kirsten and her roommates had to stay in Chicago to work and live are not panning out at this time. Most likely they will all have to go home to figure out the next step.
Loyola University Chicago, The Institute of Environmental Sustainability had a virtual graduation ceremony last night. There was no Cap and no Gown, but it was nice to have some closure for the past 4 years. It was a different kind of graduation. The school is scheduling an in person ceremony for all graduates in Chicago for early August, but it still will not be the same.
Kirsten has had a wonderful 4 years in Chicago at Loyola. She has grown into lovely, compassionate, outgoing, world traveler who is very driven. She was once a homebody, but no more. I am really proud of my girl and all the things she has done. She has worked super hard and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She wants to change the world and I think she just might.
Though the world is in chaos at the moment, there is a new young crop of college graduates who are ready, willing and able to take the world by storm. Though there may be no Cap or Gown at this time, it does not take away the achievements of this class.