the day finally arrived. Graduation Day 2017---
However it almost didn't happen. Well, that isn't exactly accurate--Graduation Day at Utah State University was going to happen with or without me. What was in question was whether I would be there or not!
And no, it wasn't because I didn't turn in my last assignment. I actually turned it in a day before the deadline and that really didn't matter because we were just "walking" not actually graduating. We still have two classes left for the summer and will officially be done in August.
No, it start with Jena getting sick with a stomach bug on Tuesday morning which lasted for her until Thursday and then started for me on Wednesday night. I tried to manage work on Thursday because I really was pretending I wasn't getting sick but that lasted about 30 minutes before I headed out the door and home again. I was running a fever and all of the other stuff all day and was getting very discouraged about Friday. Gary kept saying we don't need to decide until Friday morning so I didn't.
About 4:00 a.m. I woke up and felt good and didn't have a temp so I was excited--the graduation "walk" was on! Then around 9:00 a.m. when I was starting to curl Jena's hair, I reached for the curling iron and picked up the wrong end--Ouch!! That set us back about 30 minutes while Gary fixed my hand and I took a break. (Randomly, although there were three little blisters at the time, they have cleared up in just a couple of days. A sweet mercy as I prepare for my trip to Japan.)
Finally I was ready to go and we headed to Logan with Grandma Hall and Jena. It was a beautiful day and spring is a pretty time to be on campus. This was my first and only time on campus as a student of Utah State University. I got dropped off a bit early so walked around a bit to think and to take some pictures.
|We arrived a bit early so we did a drive by|
of the Logan Temple
|This is one of our fun photos as we waited|
The Kaysville Cohort
The one with the red is our professor, Susan Egbert
|Amber Hellstrand and Cami|
|Lori and Suzie|
As I mentioned this was a season of graduations and at this one, I was joined by my nephew Eric McKinney who was graduating in statistics from USU in the same ceremony. (My niece in law also graduates soon with her masters in school counseling from the University of Phoenix.)
I know this is a terrible picture but it is the only one that I got of Gary, Jena and Mom Hall in the crowd. Yes they are there because I took this picture right after I saw Gary's signal in the crowd.
|This is after we got our diploma. We are seated in the third and fourth rows.|
After the ceremony--Selfie with Gary
|Jena is a bit shorter than the Aggie Bull|
My main professors---Susan Egbert and Sean Camp. We were truly blessed to be taught by these talent people- passionate about their work and about their role as mentors to us as social workers. I will never forget them. And they say, they will never forget us as we were awesome. Like a good set of parents, they made us all feel like their favorites--
Sean: "I own that"
Susan: "Cross stitch that"
Sean: "Don't get me started" that was always the beginning of some great story or insight
Susan: "Timing, Tact, and Dosage" the critical elements in therapy