GRADUATIONS! December 1, 2014

In October 2014 Mike and I returned to San Pedro La Laguna, timed to celebrate the graduations of a dozen Beca Project students from 5 different programs. I have posted a few photos below. You can check out an extensive post on my travel blog HERE and a huge set of photos HERE.

On November 6th, 2014, 6 Beca students graduated from the Luisa y Benjamin Paul Basico program (like our 7th/8th/9th grade).

Flor (left) makes her entrance
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Francisco receives his diploma
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Sharon and Candelaria have their much-deserved moments in the sun
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That’s me to Candelaria’s left – I was asked on stage to give out diplomas
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Eugenio is greeted by his proud parents
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Jeany and her family
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On November 7th we attended 2 graduations. The 1st was for Tono, Mariano, and Dorcas who graduated from the Magisterio (Teacher training) Diversificado program.

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Dorcas is on the right in the yellow huipil (blouse)
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Tono with his diploma
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Mariano signs the ledger
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In the neighboring town of San Juan, we watched Maria Elena graduate from a Bilingual Secretarial program.

She was 1 of the speakers!
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We didn’t learn until we were in San Pedro that Mayke was set to graduate from a secretarial program in San Pedro 4 days after we had to leave; we were sad to miss it but I’m happy to share a few of the beautiful photos she emailed to me after the event.

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Another Beca student, Miguel, graduated from a Diversificada program in the city of Xela, about 3 hours from San Pedro. I am BURSTING WITH PRIDE that all of these Diversificada graduates plan to enter university programs in 2015.

In addition to these beautiful ceremonies, we were also invited to a special Catholic mass and to meals and parties in the homes of some of the students. The pride of the families was evident at every turn. Happy trails!

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