Graduating with Honors

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

Copyright 1994

It was June of 1994. I had just graduated with a BA degree from Regents College in New York. I had been attending the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and sending my credits to Regent's College because they accepted all my eighteen year old credits. UAA felt that one year of my college work was too old to accept. That is why I found myself graduating from a college in New York, but residing in Alaska.

My husband offered to finance tickets for two for the both of us to attend the graduation. I just couldn't bring myself to indulge in such an expense, especially since I wanted my family and friends in Alaska to be there. I declined the offer.

A few days latter I was power-walking with my walkman blaring tunes, down Campbell Creek Parkway in Anchorage, Alaska. One part of the walk was lined with green trees who's branches arched towards each other over the walkway. The sun twinkled it's way through the leaves to play its light in patterns on the ground. It was as I entered this part of the walkway that an awesome march started to play on my walkman. The Spirit of the Lord said, "The music is proud and majestic, isn't it." I found myself agreeing as my step matched the marching beat of the music. With glorious music and heavenly surroundings about me, the Spirit spoke again ..."This is your graduation ceremony. I'm proud of you!"

I knew the Lord was with me and that He was pleased with me. I was so happy and thrilled to know that the Lord had taken the time to prepare a superb graduation just for me.

The Lord is mindful of each of us and loves us very much. Although I have personally had three graduation ceremonies, the one that I will always remember with love and deep respect is the private one help just for me on Campbell Creek Parkway in Anchorage, Alaska.

Annette Nay, Ph.D.

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