Alex's graduation

I tried my best to document everything last week, but it was really impossible to post anything on the blog until today! I didn’t even have internet for a couple of those days! I’m going to post today about Alex’s graduation and tomorrow about our move and House Hunters. Let's catch up!

Alex's graduation wasn't really a "graduation" ceremony like you'd expect. Every year Alex's program (UNC OMFS) has a "Hail and Farewell" banquet at the Carolina Club. During this dinner they welcome ("hail") the 3 new incoming residents into the program and bid "farewell" to the three chief residents. The graduating chiefs receive a certificate, but no caps nor gowns are worn, and there is no key speaker, nor music/processional. 

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It's not a typical graduation, but it is the day Alex and I have been counting down to for years, and it was perfect. Alex's parents flew in for the weekend, and we also had his sister, Lauren and her daughter, Talia for the occasion! I don't have a group picture of all of us, but I'll post what I have. 

 The graduates: Alex with his two co-residents Caitlin and Brad

The graduates: Alex with his two co-residents Caitlin and Brad

 Alex and me at the Carolina Club

Alex and me at the Carolina Club

Each chief gives a 5-10 minute speech thanking his or her attendings and family. Alex's speech was light-hearted, thoughtful and incredibly funny. The whole room roared with laughter! The Program Director said it was the funniest graduation speech he's ever heard :) Just another reason why I'm so proud of him!

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We spent the rest of the weekend with Alex's family. We visited a couple of our favorite restaurants one last time (The Root Cellar and Parker and Otis) before packing our last boxes and moving from Chapel Hill just a day later. 

 Talia, Alex's dad (Papa C) and Indy

Talia, Alex's dad (Papa C) and Indy

 Indy, Talia and Alex's mom (Mama C)

Indy, Talia and Alex's mom (Mama C)

I thought I would cry on moving day.. but I was too excited for what we have next. Asheville will always be "ours" but Chapel Hill will always be "mine". I'm so grateful it's less than a 4 hour drive away and I have family and friends to welcome me whenever I visit. After 9 years and 2 degrees, I guess it's time I "graduate" too. I will forever be a Tar Heel, and I'll always call it home!