A big congratulations to my sister, Kathleen, on her graduation on Saturday, from Dominican University of California. She has earned a BA from their School of Business and Leadership and graduated with honors, earning both Cum Laude status and a Departmental honor. I’m so proud of her accomplishment!
I made a card a card for Kathleen using an Itty Bitty Banner (like these) and a drawing of a graduation cap, tossed in the air. I used to have a rubber stamp with a similar design but I couldn’t find it (I probably gave it away when I did my Big Craft Clean Up).
I should have started the Itty Bitty Banner earlier because I used Diamond Glaze dimensional adhesive to give it a hard, glossy coating. It doesn’t show in the photo, but it has a thick, shiny finish. I tried to hurry it along with a heat tool but that made it start to bubble up. Oops. I finally put it in the freezer when it was almost set but still a little tacky and that did the trick.
The graduation was held in a huge tent at Forest Meadows Field. Ariel, Kathleen’s little sister (Kathleen has been an active Big Sister volunteer for many years), came early to save seats. My mom, sister Sarah, and I got there almost an hour before the ceremony started.
This is Ariel with my sister and mom reading their commencement programs.
It was a little chilly in the tent but I’m really glad we didn’t have to sit out in the sun for three and a half hours!
Here is the tent with Mt. Tam in the background.
Since we had plenty of time, I took a walk around.
This is the Class of 2013 Shield: Wisdom in Community.
Lots of diplomas for the 500 or so graduates.
Empty chairs ready for the graduating students.
They would be processing from across the campus, led by a bagpiper and entering the tent down this aisle lined with banners.
People were saving seats for friends and relatives.
Many had made signs or brought balloons or flowers for their graduate.
At last we heard the bagpipe. We couldn’t see much but excitement was mounting!
We could see the flag and see a few caps through the crowd.
After the bagpiper entered and completed his piece, we finally heard the familiar notes of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance”… and I lost it. I looked over and saw my mom had lost it too. We were thinking about my dad and wishing he were there with us.
Sarah and Ariel had gone out to watch the graduates process in and Sarah came back teary-eyed. There is something about music that just goes right to your core.
After the typical speeches, awards and long list of names as each student received her diploma, the ceremony finally came to an end and we were able to congratulate the new graduate
Kathleen was wearing a beautiful silver and turquoise bracelet borrowed from my mom as a way to honor my dad. My parents grew up in New Mexico and Papa almost always wore a piece of turquoise jewelry.
All of my siblings and I, without any planning or discussion, wore silver and turquoise jewelry to my dad’s memorial service. I was pleased that Kathleen thought of this way to have Papa at her ceremony.
We enjoyed the reception with cold lemonade, brownies, strawberries and other treats.
Congrats to everyone who is graduating and to their families and friends who offered support and encouragement while they worked towards this goal.
Coming soon: The GRADUATION PARTY!
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