Photo by Grant: Will with his brother, Dad, and Mom following his graduation from Penn State.
Last weekend we attended Will’s graduation from Penn State; Will is Andrea’s beau. He received dual degrees in Biology and Toxicology and will start graduate school at the University of Maryland in the fall. Impressive!
Back to last weekend: we flew into Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon, just in time to join rush hour traffic and make it even worse. Due to the influx of people attending the multitude of Penn State graduation ceremonies — and the dearth of hotel rooms for miles — we spent the night in Latrobe, which is about an hour from Pittsburgh (if you’re not driving during rush hour) and two hours from State College, where Penn State is located.
Saturday morning, we were up and on the road early, allowing time to find a seat in the auditorium before Will’s graduation started at 9:00. By 10:30 he was official, allowing plenty of time to tour the campus, sample the school’s homemade ice cream at the Berkey Creamery, have lunch (in a nearby town, since open restaurants with seating were hard to find), and drive back to Latrobe (birthplace of Arnold Palmer and childhood home of Mr. Rogers).
Sunday morning we retraced our route to the Pittsburgh airport, with a slight detour to make a 30 minute stop at Carnegie Mellon (another school with an Industrial Design program).
It was a fun weekend. Additional highlights for me were seeing the beautiful Pennsylvania countryside, with rolling hills and grand vistas. And strangely enough, I enjoyed driving through Altoona, simply because Altoona is a place I’ve heard mentioned from time to time during my life, and I’ve never really been sure that it actually exists. It does. And it would be a nice place to spend some time exploring, along with Latrobe.
Who knows if that will ever happen; so I’m thankful for the brief encounters last weekend.
You can peruse many more graduation photos here.1 month ago
For spring break we flew south to Charlotte to begin a 700 mile road trip touring the Industrial Design programs at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State University, and North Carolina State University.
Here are a few of the memories we captured on “film.” You’ll find the individual photos here.1 month ago