Before we move on to the next big thing (suggestions welcome) it’s time for pictures of the big day!
If you know me well enough you can find me in the picture below, I am still walking, almost to my seat on the other side of the room from my family.
Again…I’m somewhere on the OTHER side of the
With my rock'n connections at Alumni Affairs I was able to get the family impressive reserved seats for the ceremony. Their seats were first row, directly next to the spot the graduates stood waiting their turn to walk across stage.
It's my turn...
I was able to reach out and touch all my people, Charley wanted to come with me...you can actually see my hair/backside in the picture below, but I think only I would notice that.
We finally made it outside and I told my family to hurry and take pictures with me wearing the cap because it was coming off! My hair looks dreadful, but the cap only made it look worse and it itched!
Mom came down from
Mom, me & Charley after the ceremony:
Sadly Dad is out of the country (Russia...brrr, cold) and couldn't make it.
The family gave me this amazing lei shipped from
Sarah, Kelly, Justin, Charley, Levi, Jamiee, Jenna and Claire were all there too. It was great to have all the support.
The Graduate...me! Please notice the smok'n hot shoes! I could not wait to wear them yesterday:
I know Anne and the littles in
Sarah (Charley), Kelly & I after the ceremony:
The only bad thing about the day (aside from missing some of my family) was the weather; it rained that horrible mist all morning. All the graduates had to meet together at 8:30 to do our thing in the gym across the street from the
That night Kelly hosted a family dinner at her place. I requested Hawaiian Haystacks (you know, to go with my lei) and since Dad (who hates Hawaiian Haystacks) wasn't able to be there, I figured it was totally a safe request. It was really, really yummy. She also made my favorite, cheesecake...oh how I love cheesecake. AND she made these darling little mortar boards out of chocolate squares, Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups and fruit roll-ups...aren't they cute! Thanks Kelly...you rock!
And a huge thank you to everyone else, for proof reading all my papers (Anne), listening to my whine & complain (um, everyone), supporting me emotionally & mentally through the last 2.5 years, the "gift" (I'll post photos of the framed diploma when I get it), the lei, the yummy food and the hoop'n & holler'n when they called my name.
Now the focus must turn to the job search, how I dread this part. Maybe I could have graduated when unemployment rates were lower, yes, I guess I could have. This ought to be fun, wish me luck!