I admit to greatly enjoying covering Northern Virginia Community College commencement ceremonies, because the challenges facing some of the graduates, and the perseverance they showed in overcoming them, are always worth bringing to a wider audience.
It’s been a year and a half since the last in-person commencement exercises. Until yesterday, that it.
The college held not one, not two, but three ceremonies throughout the day to accommodate all the recent graduates at the Schlesinger Center on the Alexandria campus. I peaked in to the middle one (3 p.m.) online to get some coverage for a coming edition.
It was a nice opportunity to offer an in-person venue for those grads who wished to avail themselves of it, not to mention family and friends there to cheer them on.
Hopefully — time will tell — by the time spring rolls around there will be the opportunity for the college to hold its next commencement in person as well, perhaps in the confines of Jiffy Lube Live, one of the few venues large enough to hold the assemblage of students and supporters.
STILL HOT WHILE OTHERS ARE COOLING: A truckload’s worth of local real-estate sales data from November came over the transom yesterday, and one item which we’ll be covering suggests that much of the region is seeing a cooling in buyer interest.
But not in large swaths of Arlington, particularly in 22206 (my world!) and 22204 (my former world!), where interest among buyers seems still off the charts.
Anyone want to buy a condo sight-unseen? If not, work starts next month to get it ship-shape, either for me to move back in or to sell it. We’ll see.
- Scott McCaffrey