Saturday, 20 September 2008

The Graduation Ceremony

I'm starting to fall behind on my blogging! I just realized I never posted pictures of Brady and his fellow MBA grads. I always loved it when Brady wore his traditional subfusc. It just wouldn't be Oxford without it.

The Merton Boys (Gareth Australia, Brady USA, Tony USA, Sven Germany)

Brady's greatest Friends (Gareth, Steve, Brady, Tony, Sven)

Brady, Noor (from Saudi Arabia), Johannes (from South Africa)

Brady and Stephan Chambers, Director of the MBA program

We have had such an amazing year! It astounds me that it's over. Really if anyone out there is thinking about an MBA and you want to experience something that you absolutely can't get anywhere else, come to Oxford. There is so much history and tradition. There is nowhere quite like Oxford and I will miss it. It has truly been a once in a life time opportunity and I am so appreciative of Brady for taking us.
One of the keynote speakers at the ceremony read the poem by Robert Frost that we all know and love,

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I am so grateful that Brady and I chose to take the path less traveled. This past year we were able to not only enjoy living in England, but were able to travel through Europe. We have both learned so much about ourselves and each other. We put ourselves in an unfamiliar situations and it was life altering. We chose the path less traveled and were blessed immensely for it.
Here's to an outstanding year.


Danalisa said...

Well said! =)

Ben and Missy said...

That is the perfect poem for your situation! Well done Brady! What an amazing experience for your family. Now you have friends from all over the world :)

Sven said...

To an outstanding year! Cheers from Frankfurt.

Heidi said...

I am so happy you guys had such an amazing adventure and I loved reading about all of it!! I love that poem

The Church's said...

I can't believe he is already done. I bet you had a great time over there. Please call me so I know how to get a hold of you!! Do you have the same phone?

Katie and Jeff Wood said...

Congrats!! I am so happy for you guys! I can't believe it's over. Keep us updated on the next fun years in your life!

Jesse C said...

Congrats Brady. I feel sad for you guys, it has really gone by quickly hasn't it.

The Mirci Family said...

Congrats to all 3 of you making it through alive!