Monday, May 16, 2016

Graduation Weekend

It was a busy weekend for us, full of pomp and circumstance. After three years carting her life back and forth to the campus, our oldest child graduated.

The weekend was not without its difficulties. The hotel we stayed in smelled of stale cigarettes and there was a particularly noisy night club next door that let out in the wee hours of the morning. Add to that, my son called at 10:30PM to say the toilet backed up at home. Have you ever successfully directed someone on proper toilet plunging over the phone? If you have, give me a better way to explain it.  Needless to say, we had little sleep and woke to a chilly morning.

The graduation itself was lovely. There was a main ceremony followed by awards and diplomas at the different schools. Marina decorated her cap with a quickly knitted dragon.

The tassel

The cap

Proudly standing with our birthday grad. We would find out that the University president was also celebrating a birthday, his 70th.

There was a mix-up when she picked up her cap and gown. When asked if she was graduating with honors, she said, "I don't think so." She thought they meant the university honors program. Not only did she graduate Summa Cum Laude, the art school's dean singled her out when she went up for her diploma as a perfect 4.0, only the second in his 40(?) years at the art school. My girl, you are so humble and unassuming.

"Nothing Happened Here"

Sorry about the quality here. I was a little emotional when I snapped it.
 When we got home, my youngest had a birthday cake ready for her big sis, her first solo undertaking. It was delicious.


Kez said...

Congratulations Marina! Your hard work has paid off!

~*~The Family~*~ said...

Congratulations to Marina!!!! To bad about your hotel smelling like smoke. In Minnesota there is no smoking in any public buildings so we don't run into things like that anymore.

Inner Elder said...

once again, Congratulations Marina. You are amazing. good work, Tina and Reed. Love you all, Mom/Grandma

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