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American Graduation June 4, 2010

Posted by americanex in Uncategorized.

I recently went back to America to see my oldest daughter Hallie graduate from the Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Master’s Degree in Forensic Science. Forensic Science is a science that is used by the law and criminal investigations and trials. It used chemistry and biology to analyze evidence left behind at crime scenes. 

In America, it takes 4 years to get a Bachelor’s Degree and another 2 years to get a Master’s Degree. Before you can go to a university, students must complete 8 years of elementary school and 4 years of high school. So Hallie has been in school for a long time. 

Graduation ceremonies at American  universities are very formal. The graduates wear a black gown (like a judge wears) and a cap with a tassel. In addition, when a student graduates with a Master’s Degree, they also wear a hood that flows down the back of the gown. The student goes up to the stage when his or her name is called and the head of the department of study places the hood on the student, shakes his or her hand and hands them their diploma. 

When Hallie received her diploma I cried. I was so proud of her because it is very difficult to receive a Master’s Degree. The grading system in America  is “A” for the highest, best grade, “B” for the next, “C” means an “average” grade. An “F” means failing.  

In the Master’s program, each student must receive a “B” or better in every grade in every class they take. If they get 1 “C”, they are put on probation. “Probation” means the student is watched carefully by the teachers to be sure they are intelligent enough to stay in the program. 

If a student gets 2 “Cs” they are kicked out of the program. So, that was why I was so proud of my daughter – she had to work very hard to get good grades and stay in the program. 

Below are pictures of Hallie in her cap and gown. 

Hallie before the graduation ceremony.


Hallie is wearing a Hawaiian Lei (necklace of flowers) that was a gift from a student from Hawaii.


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