Graduation Day

This is a warning.  There will be gushing in this post.

I don’t really know how much more we could have squeezed into one day.

My Baby, the Runner, competed in a 5K mud run in another state with some of her XC and Track teammates.  Several of the girls would be graduating later in the day.

Our middle child was one of the guests of honor at a Panhellenic Association luncheon where she received a scholarship.  My hubby escorted her so that I could prepare the meal for those visiting and attending the girls’ graduation later that day.

Note to parents of college kids:  Our middle child has managed to continue to get scholarship awards throughout her four years of college.  Have your kids continue to apply for scholarships especially through the department chairs of their major.  There is much less competition, and a greater chance of getting awards.  Wish we would have known this earlier.

Everyone rushed around getting ready after our late lunch / early dinner.  Graduation was at 7:00 p.m. and the Senior Celebration overnighter was immediately following the ceremony.  Hubby got to work his last security detail for one of these.  Me, I went home to sleep.

My Baby, the Runner.

This was the most awesome graduation we have attended.

First, we learned from the Superintendent of the school district that this graduating class had set the highest academic standards of any graduating class in the district ever (lowest drop out rate, highest average ACT scores, most scholarship money awarded, etc.).  There are three high schools in the district, and the district has been around since the 1800s so that is quite an accomplishment.

One of the kids has been wheelchair bound, due to an automobile accident involving a drunk driver.  He walked, for the first time since the accident, across the stage to receive his diploma to a standing ovation from his classmates.

My Baby, the Band Geek.

Earlier in the day, our school’s baseball team had won the State Championship.  In a city across the state about 220 miles and 3 1/2 hours away.  The game ended at 3:34 p.m., and there was an awards ceremony following it.  Graduation was at 7:00 p.m.  The last time our team went to state, they had to hold a separate graduation ceremony for them.

They made it!

After every name had been read, we noticed some commotion.  The assistant principal was in the back row of the graduates on a walkie talkie.  And in walked the seniors from the State championship baseball team.  In their sweaty, dirt stained uniforms.  Wearning their first place medals and carrying their trophy.

The place erupted in applause and cheers as everyone stood to congratulate these kids.  It was truly an awesome moment.

Their names and honors were announced, and they received their diplomas.  Their parents were in the stands wearing their tee-shirts and shorts.  They had rushed to make it back in time for graduation.

How could you not be touched by this moment?  My older kids said they barely remembered their graduations, but I can’t believe our babies will ever be able to forget theirs.

We got to see many of our favorite kids.

As they get ready for the next chapter in their lives.

They’re taking some time to celebrate the past four years with their friends.

We’re looking forward to attending the parties for many of these kids over the next few weeks.  Our two asked if we could forgo a party and go on a trip together instead.  So, in a few weeks, we will be taking a trip with them.

Then, the countdown begins for moving day(s).  And, I guess then we will officially be empty nesters.

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