the honors of honor.

After an incredible Graduation Weekend—and an even more incredible four years at the University of Virginia—I am so proud and humbled to now consider myself an alumna.

James Hay, Jr. said it best in his poem, “The Honor Men:

Remembering the purple shadows of the lawn, the majesty of the colonnades, and the dream of your youth, you may say in reverence and thankfulness:

“I have worn the honors of Honor, I graduated from Virginia.”

This, of course, also explains why my blog has been on a bit of a hiatus, but I assure you—this was the final hurdle to overcome. I look forward to continuing my pursuit of education advocacy and community outreach through this medium, and I’ll pick it up this week.

One final note: I can not say enough in gratitude to my friends, family, and alma mater. These past four years have been pivotal in helping to solidify my values, passions, and goals for my future. I feel so blessed to continue my lifelong pursuit of learning following the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest leaders and through Thomas Jefferson’s own educational framework.

It is truly with reverence and thankfulness that I say, “I have worn the honors of Honor. I graduated from Virginia.”

(Kudos to my Facebook friends for managing better pictures than I did!)