Our third child and first daughter has graduated from St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program. She worked very hard, received a stellar liberal arts education and made many lifelong friends. The graduation Mass and ceremony were a slice of heaven.
processing to the church for Mass
St. Augustine's Class of 2015
graduates and tutors
Many alumni were in attendance, most home from college and a few freshly graduated from college!
Six year old Lydia was a newborn on our last family trip. Since we would be traveling to Virginia for Kevin J.'s college graduation anyway, we decided to make it a little vacation. A few days of local attractions and a few days of graduation related activities on Christendom's beautiful campus... and we should be set for a few more years, but hopefully not six!
We rented this gorgeous log house in the mountains.
view from the porch
Far over the misty mountains cold...
Exploring downtown Front Royal, not sure what Lydia's trouble was, but they are so sweet to her.
Dad took kids on a couple of hikes along the Appalachian Trail, an easy one with all the kids and a harder one down to a waterfall with the big guys. Such beauty!
Kevin J. made it. He graduated with a history degree from a rigorous, solidly Catholic college steeped in what is good, true and beautiful. It's cliche, but true, to say it feels like yesterday that he left for his freshmen year. We were in awe then, and still are, that our son had this opportunity. I hope more of our children will chose this place for their college years.
The energizing and inspiring Dr. Alice von Hildebrand was the commencement speaker. Her speech can be found here.
from Christendom's FB page: Dr. Alice Von Hildebrand commanded the stage at the ceremonies, inspiring graduates with her address on the dangers of radical feminism. Even at the age of 92, Dr. Von Hildebrand never once looked at her notes, and moved all present with her wit and wisdom.
The final blessing given by Bishop Paul Loverde
Kevin J. worked here, at St. John the Evangelist Library most of his college career.... marvelous library!!
The tragedies are hard to do. The Campion Players amaze me with every play, every year, but especially the tragedies. They give it all. (I have a lot more video than pictures, hopefully more pictures will surface.) The battle scenes were intense and the final scene emotionally wrenching.
the horrible eye plucking scene
Blaise, as Edgar in disguise as Poor Tom, leads the blinded Gloucester to Dover
seniors last performance
With glasses and a beard Regina looks like Alex. huh.
King Lear is a dark play and it's long. Fortunately, Dr. Russell cut it a bit and the scenes move quickly. There is also a lot of action. Blaise is Edgar, the outcast son of the Duke of Gloucester. Regina is a soldier, and Monica helped with production.
Maestro Barbeau of Ring of Steel instructing Blaise