Saturday, May 7, 2016

A College Graduate

Brett officially graduated from college today and we were all there to see him.  The first ceremony was held this morning at Memorial Stadium.  We all arrived at 8 a.m. to make sure we made it in.  Brett didn't walk in until 9:35, but we all were able to pick him out of the thousands of students in the procession.  The ceremony was close to an hour and a half.  One of the guys who started the show Myth Busters was the key note speaker and everyone's favorites.  The names of the graduating students scrolled along the end zone and we were able to see Brett's before they filed out.

Once the large group graduation was over we headed to Woodburn Hall for the Political Science luncheon and small graduation ceremony.  My parents and Carl were all able to drive out of the stadium with no problem, but by the time we met up with Brett it was a standstill in the parking lot.  We finally decided just to park and walk through campus.  We were there in plenty of time to take pictures and enjoy Fazoli's catering for lunch.  The ceremony was a little long after a heavy meal, but Brett loved it.  He got to take a picture with his favorite professor afterward.

Once we were finished at Woodburn Doug and Cal ran back to Parce's to get the food and cake.  We took Brett to get the last of his items from the dorm and return a book to the church.  Doug was able to return Brett's graduation gown.  He was able to keep the cap, tassel and stoll.  After the errand running we all went to Oliver Winery for dinner.  Carl and Marina decided to leave during the political science ceremony, but Parce was able to join us at the winery as well as my parents.  The food was great and the cake was delicious.  Brett opened his gifts and was just so happy to be done.

On the way home Cal asked to play mini-golf.  We were able to cut over the our favorite, Ben & Ari's.  In a surprise comeback Doug was the big winner of the night.  The bigger surprise was Meg.  She turned it on during the back nine and finished third.

We arrived home close to ten, tired, but happy.  It was a wonderful day and I am so glad that all of us were there to enjoy it.  We are very proud of Brett.  He has accomplished a lot in his three years at IU and as he now says, "Off to New Hampshire."

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