Topic: Scott's Graduation
Our son, Scott Ulrich, achieved his goal and will graduate from DeVry University this evening. The amazing thing is, Scott is not yet 21 years old, although he will turn 21 on November 26. He has worked extremely hard the past three years to get through a difficult program in computer technology, to earn his Bachelor of Arts. At night he would work at FedX to suppport himself, unloading boxes off a truck, which was hard, physical work for someone who has always been on the small side. Yet he stuck to it, despite many frustrations, annoyances and challenges only he knows.
Scott is the youngest of my three sons, but has always been the most generous, compassionate and selfless one of the three. Each one of my sons is special and loved equally by me, but Scott, being the youngest, will always be my "baby." Yet now he is grown man, and has proven how independent he can be, and has met life's challenges with courage and a positive attitude. He deserves the rewards life has to offer him in the future.
When Scott graduated from high school, a little over three years ago, he was only 17, and had done high school in three years instead of four. He stuck it out for a few more weeks at the home of his dad and stepmom, but then decided to come live with us in Colorado. He has always been welcome here, and we hope he will always think "Home" is where his mother and stepfather reside. If it weren't for the generosity and faith of his stepdad, in fact, Scott would not have had the funds to go to college. It is interesting that a man who did not complete high school, due to family challenges in the '40s, was willing to co-sign dozens of student loans to help Scott out, when his own father, who has the resources, was not.
How I wish both of us could have attended the graduation in Denver this evening. Unfortunately, Scott's stepdad is very sick and unable to travel. I made the decision to stay home with him, but wish to convey our dual congratulations to Scott -- a loving, intelligent, handsome young man, with the world at his fingertips -- for his remarkable accomplishment, and for being the very special young man that he is.
Please send your congratulations on to Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know he will appreciate hearing from you.