Tuesday 18 Jun 2013 05:13
| ceremony, family, graduation, ritual
Ashland's newest life coach treated to a little 'Pomp and Circumstance' by her friends and family
By Janet Eastman
Ashland Daily Tidings
Renée Alice Riley-Adams, otherwise known by her initials "RARA," celebrated her graduation from life-coach school on Saturday in the most unusual way: For once, she followed tradition.
In a purple cap and gown with a bright-orange stole, she swayed to the sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" as she passed by applauding family members and friends lining the long driveway of her Ashland home.
Riley-Adams, 53, never participated in her previous graduation ceremonies.
Not at Los Altos High in California, because she had been kicked out of her mother's house when she was a sophomore. She later received her diploma without ceremony while living with her dad in Victoria, British Columbia.
Instead of walking with her class after she earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of British Columbia, she took a motorcycle trip across Canada and Europe.