Saturday was Jeff's graduation, and I was up bright and early - like 1:00 am! Apparently, my mind treats a morning graduation ceremony the same as a race - and I don't sleep very well the night before. Oh well, that's what naps are for, right? I think this is the first college graduation ceremony that I've attended since my brother graduated from Chico State, and that was in 1989! How do I remember the year? Easy - I was very pregnant with Max at the time, the ceremony was held outdoors, it was hot, and I was wrangling two-year-old Sam - ahhh, memories! But I digress...back to 2010.
This was a Masters and Doctoral graduation ceremony - there were 83 graduates, so it was a little more personal then the huge undergrad ceremonies. It was fun to see all of the faculty in their colorful "regalia" (caps, gowns, sashes, medals) - it looked like they had fun dressing up!
It was great to see the graduates walk in - Jeff was beaming as he came in wearing his hood and honor's cords - he was Summa Cum Laude - had a perfect 4.0 the entire time (he says he had to make up for his crummy Bachelor's GPA, lol). We were given a really nice program as we entered the auditorium, but the graduates didn't get to see it until after the ceremony. So while we discovered that Jeff was going to be presented with the Departmental Achievement Award, he had no idea, and it was fun to see the shocked and surprised look on his face when they announced it as he started to cross the stage! He was given a nice plaque from his department head. Then more handshakes, the diploma, and a Spanish-English pocket dictionary, which the commencement speaker, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, traditionally gives to all graduates. How funny is that?
Afterward, we went out for the traditional post-graduation meal of Chinese food, followed by the newest tradition, frozen yogurt. A good time was had by all...and then it was, indeed, nap-time!
Jeff worked hard to get his Masters - he attended classes while working full-time, wrote and successfully defended his thesis, and suffered (as so many did) the loss of his mentor and advisor, KC Donnelly, who died last summer. This was his journey, and just as I've been making changes in my life these past two years, so has Jeff. I'm proud of what he has accomplished!
And now, of course, pictures!