“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leaves you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one-door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance. Never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances, butthey’re worth taking; loving might be a mistake, but it’s worth making. Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter; when you come close to selling out, reconsider. Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance I hope you dance. Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along. Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone?  I hope you dance.”-Lee Ann Womack

Living for the Weekend celebrates the 2016 graduates and their families as they complete this journey called Education. As you follow your dreams and take the next steps in your life’s journey whether you continue your education, get a job or take a well-earned rest “I hope you dance.”

 “As time goes by,” I understand Tevye  in “Fiddler on the Roof” when he pondered the thought of his children getting older. The graduation of my grandson Gregory Warren Packer Jr., from William and Mary College, founded in 1693 in Williamsburg, Va., reminded me of the song “Sunrise Sunset.” Gregory, a fourth generation college graduate, received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Hispanic Studies. Proud parents are Lt. Colonel (ret) Gregory and Lisa Lee Packer.

The weekend of activities on the historic campus included, a baccalaureate service, graduate luncheon, and the main graduation with over 2000 graduates receiving undergrad, masters, juris doctorates and Ph.Ds., culminating with a private reception hosted by President Taylor Revely, who demonstrated his sense of humor by throwing out four green and gold beach balls at the conclusion of the graduation ceremony to the delight of the students, staff, family and honored guest Chancellor Robert Gates.

“Is this the little girl I carried? Is this the little boy at play? I don’t remember growing older when did they? When did she get to be a beauty? When did he grow to be so tall? Wasn’t it yesterday when they were small? Sunrise, sunset sunrise, sunset swiftly flows the days, seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers, blossoming even as we gaze.”-“Fiddler on the Roof”

Congratulations to Miles Crump on his graduation from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York with a BA in Science and Economics. His proud parents are Tarsha Fitzgerald and Philip Crump.

Congratulations to Paul E Taylor ll on his graduation from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island with a Master’s degree in Public Accounting. He will be joining Price Waterhouse.His proud parents are Paul and Dawn Taylor.

Congratulations to Lynette Lewis on receiving her Master’s Degree in Negotiation and Conflict from the University of Baltimore.  Her proud parents are James and Jo Lewis.

Congratulations to Naya Frazier on graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her proud parents are Eugene and Natalie Frazier.

Congratulations to Ira E. Anderson Jr on graduating from Randallstown High School and your acceptance at Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. His proud parents are Elexis and Delray Wylie and grandparents Barbara Bond and Purcell Wylie.

Congratulations to Rhavin Johnson on graduating from Bowie State University with a BS in Nursing. Her proud parents are Cherise Highsmith and Antonio Johnson and proud grandmother The Honorable Paula Johnson Branch.

Congratulations to grandparents Dr. William and Mattie Mumby who travelled to attend the graduations of their  four grandchildren; Yasmene Mumby ,Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School, Brandon  Mumby, Juris Doctorate  University of Pennsylvania Law School, Kristene Mumby, BA degree, University of Maryland, College Park; proud parents Dr. William and Shirene Mumby and to Jessica Green, BA Psychology and Economics, Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City, proud parents are  Kim and Sy Green. Looks like a new law firm in the making Mumby Mumby and Mumby.

Congratulations to proud parents Adam and Lisa Scott as their four quadruplets Alexis, Brandon, Christina and Dominique head for Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania after graduating from Howard County’s River Hill High School. Proud grandparents are Irma Browne, David and Norman Scott.

Darrien Henson, the college bound Calvert Hall graduate, received sage advice from grandparents Dan and Del Henson “Dream, but don’t just dream, believe in yourself enough to come up with a plan; to know who you are and own it and never forget how much power you have to change the world.”

Graduates, the Henson’s advice to their grandson is great advice to each of you as you move forward following your dreams.

“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.”-Benjamin E. Mays

Congratulations to Nurse Tanya Deshields on receiving her Master’s degree in nursing from Coppin State University. She proves it’s never too late to reach your goals..

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”-e. e. cummings

Sending Happy 52nd anniversary wishes to Del and Dan Henson, happy 30th birthday wishes to Danielle Hill, and happy 40th birthday wishes to Sharnita Alexander.

“I’ll be seeing you.”

Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch