Today is graduation day, our eldest daughter is graduating with a diploma as an occupational therapist/physical therapist assistant, with honors. This diploma is a step towards her goal of becoming either an Occupational Therapist or a Physical Therapist. Next year she will be moving over to the university to continue with her education. It was a very nice ceremony with approximately 250 graduates from various programs.
The college has multiple ceremonies so they are able to be kept shorter for the students and guests. Our daughter was able to make special seating arrangements prior to us arriving to accommodate the large number of us and our special needs.We were able to meet one of our daughters teachers whom had many nice things to say about our daughter, it is incredible when you hear positive feedback about your children (even if it is confirming what you know).
As we wanted the children to be able to sit through the convocation ceremony we had a much more relaxing day. We asked the hotel if we could have a later check out time, which they were more than happy to do at no extra cost. This enabled us to have breakfast, relax in our hotel room, go for another swim, then get ready for the graduation and repack the bus.
After the ceremony we encouraged our daughter to celebrate with her friends while we went for dinner. We then fueled up and embarked on our long drive home. Going back will be a fast non stop (except breaking for sleep for the driver) trip as 4 of the children have obligations Sunday morning.
We left at 6:30 pm and drove straight through the night (1300 km across 2 Provinces) only stopping for fuel and quick breaks to stretch. The benefit of driving through the night was traffic was light, the temperatures were cooler and the kids slept for the most part. We arrived at the ferry at 8:15 and were able to drive straight onto the 8:30 sailing, which in itself was amazing. Once on the ferry we all got cleaned up (while on the bus) and then went upstairs for breakfast. Once we arrived home Hubby had a well deserved sleep while the rest of us unpacked.