Proud Mother: Honors Day

It was the second time in less than two weeks that I had the privilege of sitting in Rosse Hall. Accustomed to traveling to Kenyon College for tennis matches,  I switched my purple fleece and blue jeans for dress clothes. The occasions: celebrations of our daughter’s academic achievements.

First, a standing -room -only assembly where surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen and other veterans addressed students, sharing their experiences of prejudice against them at war and at home. This was Lydia’s senior project for her American Studies major. She had researched and interviewed many Airmen in Ohio and brought them to campus.0-9

Yesterday, I attended the Honors Day Convocation; a true celebration of scholarship, complete with the brass band, college choir, and the parade of professors attired in full academic regalia. CIMG2506CIMG2505

Listening to the announcements of graduate study fellowships and the awards, prizes and scholarships given by trustees, alumna, the academic departments and the college, I marveled at how college can inspire the passion for learning. I looked at the young people, embarking on new lives soon, and imagined where their experiences will take them.

Reading the program, I wondered about the people immortalized in these gifts that will perpetuate student scholarship  forever.   Take someone like Henry Dalton, (1862-1939). Not a Kenyon graduate, but a benefactor who donated funds for a new science building in 1924. The fellowship awarded to Lydia, was named in 1946 in his honor.Dalton

With advisor Peter Rutkoff

With advisor Peter RutkoffCIMG2517


About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. ( I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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21 Responses to Proud Mother: Honors Day

  1. Congratulations to Lydia and her mom, and I LOVE academic processions and attire!


  2. Congratulations to Lydia!! Her senior exercise (or project, or whatever it’s called) is excellent! Proud Mama, beam on!!

    I just noticed that I have a copy of Tangerine Tango sitting here on my kitchen table. Really enjoying it so far.


  3. Congrats to Lydia! I love the photo of you and her – mother/daughter relationships are priceless. ❤


  4. Nancy polster says:

    Congrats to Lydia! You must be so proud. I heard her project was outstanding.


  5. Bravo Lydia! Bravo Mom and Dad! You have every reason to be proud Lisa! Mazel Tov!


  6. What a happy post! Congratulations to you and your lovely daughter. You’re all lucky to be celebrating a happy occasion together.


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  9. tchistorygal says:

    Congratulations to your daughter. What a wonderful time you look like you are having. 🙂


  10. Colline says:

    You certainly have reason to be proud. Well done to your daughter.


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