Your Monday Photo Shoot: Show off a graduation ceremony of someone you know and love. Kids, parents, spouses, friends -- even yours. Show off that cap and gown and diploma that says "you made it!"
The only photos I have from my college graduation were taken just moments before we filed into the gym. It was raining that day, so the ceremony was held inside. Unfortunately, no one in my family saw me graduate. :( Seems when the rain started at 4:30 (ceremony started at 6), 'they' opened the gym doors to let people in and the gym was filled by 5:15. My father (who gave me the rose, btw) was there with his ever present video camera to capture everything, but sadly, couldn't even get into the gym. But he got everything before the ceremony (I'll get to that in a minute). Thing that really made it worse was, inside the gym there were three young gals with children taking up six seats just to my right. They were there to 'support' some guy, but they all got bored within 20 minutes and left. I sat there through most of the ceremony looking up at those six empty seats. Such is life.
But, that day is not all sour notes. As I mentioned my Dad was present with his video camera. He showed up about an hour before the ceremony and stood in line with me and my friends while we waited...cracking jokes and being his usual warm and funny self. He had the camera trained on me most of the time, and I must have been very nervous, because the last time I watched the video, I put it in fast forward and I look like I'm doing the bunny hop. I have this nervous...er, used to have this nervous habit of rising up on my toes, then putting my heels back down. Over and over. Yep. LOL! Seriously. Up and down. Up and down. Up and down. It's pretty funny actually...in fast forward anyway. Boing...boing...boing...boing. Oh dear God, help me. So, anyways, here's the pic.
Commencement, May 14, 1996