It was all that I thought it would be: long, and smiley.
But sacrifices must be made because this is only happens once, right?
My parents and Sam flew down from home for the occasion. Scottie couldn't miss any more school. Luke, Janna & Co. came from Colorado too; Janna's sister also graduated. I didn't get any pictures with my own camera of everyone, so you'll just have to imagine it. My mom's brother Don and sister Penny and their respective spouses also attended Convocation on Friday. Commencement on Thursday and Convocation of Friday were followed by visiting and feasting and merrymaking appropriate to the occasion.
If I don't tell you, everyone else will. The College of Family, Home, and Social Science has a tradition of recognizing valedictorians from each department in the college, and I was it for the Department of Anthropology. That means I got a certificate and medallion, sat on the stand at convocation with the other 7 or 8 valedictorians, and couldn't fidget for two and a half hours because everyone would see. That's really hard for me. If I sit in one position too long I go numb. Some of the faculty on the stand brought papers to grade, knitted, or played with cell phones. Brilliant.
The valedictorians had to meet in the Marriott Center before the ceremony to find out where we'd sit, walk, etc. It was fun to meet the other kids. They were all pretty cool, the kind of people you wish you'd have met at the beginning of college and been friends with all along. One of the other vals gave the speech, two did a musical number, and two others gave the prayers, so all I had to do was show up. Not a bad deal. The val's graduated after the doctoral and master students, and since Anthropology is at the beginning of the alphabet I got to be first for the undergrads. That was kinda neat.
I have great people in my life. Thanks all of you who care about me and do nice things for me. Graduation is kind of a big deal, and nobody achieves it on their own.
My parents and Sam are now flying back home and I'm really left completely to myself for the first time to do....well, whatever I want. Right now I'm not sure what that is, but I'll probably figure it out soon.