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Done, Done, Done

Sunday, May 4, was my last day of undergrad. I am finished...with undergrad that is. The next step in August is The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. For so long it seemed like finishing undergrad was so far off...years away and now it's here.

Graduation is tomorrow, though I am unable to attend. The past few years have been challenging and exciting. I will miss the online classmates I have grown to love. We have become quite a community of faith.

Picture courtesy of flickr.


steve martin said…
Congratulations Ivy!

Well done!

- Steve
Ivy said…
Thank you Steve. It's amazing to find out how much you don't know. I used to think I knew a lot. My faith has become simpler: God is God and I am not and he is faithful. Peace.
steve martin said…
"My faith has become simpler: God is God and I am not and he is faithful."

Well said, Ivy!

Congrats. again! Have a wonderful weekend!

- Steve
david said…
Congratulations! I have been in your shoes, undergrad at 40-somethingish and right to seminary. Believe me when I say it can be done...I just graduated LTSS on Friday. Your's will be here before you know it. Enjoy your time at LTSG.

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