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Pomp and Circumstance

Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 9:19 AM

Recently, our younger daughter graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Our family from different states and both sides of the state of Nebraska travelled to Kearney to attend the festivities.

The ceremony was held in the Health and Sports center which is the largest venue on campus. Seeing the processional with the professors adorned in their academic regalia was pretty cool. There is significance to each color adorning the gowns. Next, it was the graduates turn. They marched in quickly. It was very difficult to find our graduate in the sea of black caps and gowns. In fact, I missed her walking by but the others were able to pick her out.

The ceremony commenced, addresses were given and then presentation of diplomas. I did get my verbal whoo-hoo in. (That should not surprise anyone.) It was hard to miss that smile coming off the stage.

I marveled that our graduate went from a high school graduating class of thirty-something to a class of over 600. She earned honorable mention academic honors and was the awarded the Outstanding Senior for Theatre in the College of Fine Arts and Humanities at a ceremony the evening prior to graduation.

We had four generations celebrating her academic achievement and being there to wish her the best on her continuing life journey. We have always appreciated the miles their grandparents and uncle, aunt and cousin have travelled for their events. We appreciate having employers that truly understand the value of college academic achievement and were very supportive of our being able to attend the honors and graduation ceremonies.

Our family was able to take a bit of time to celebrate and enjoy the weekend. As things in our corner of the world go, pictures were snapped, goodbyes were said, hugs were shared, tears were shed and we had help the graduate pack up for the move to a new city for the next chapter in her life story.

I would like to write something poetic or meaningful to close out this entry in the Blurbs. However, I just want to thank all my kids. You all rock! Thanks for letting me go along on your journeys and I am looking forward to many more adventures.

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