If you are Facebook friends with me, you know that Jesse graduated on Saturday. We had to get up early and get over to WF to get a seat at the MPEC for the 10:00 graduation. It was amazingly crowded. Dr. Beck Weathers was the commencement speaker. He is an MSU alumni, and he was a part of the 1996 Mount Everest expedition that was hit by a storm. Eight people died and others were severely injured. After being unconscious for several days, he manage to walk to a camp. He lost both of his hands to frostbite. His commencement speech was awesome. One of the things he said was that when facing death, when you know you only have an hour, you don't think of your career - that is not what is important. You think about those you love. He had lots of good advice if people were listening. The sound system was not great.
As their names were called, the graduates walked across the stage. Now and then the announcer added something like, "Jane Doe, summa cum laude, President's Medal, etc, and 4.0 GPA!" and the audience cheered. It was cool. When Jesse walked across the stage she got the announcement of a summa cum laude, Presiden'ts Medal of Excellency, etc, but he forgot the 4.0 GPA. Still, the crowd cheered - I was very proud of her. After the ceremony we made our way outside through the crowd to take a few pictures.
Jesse was glowing! The family. Bo and Jes with GBN1. Jes and Lindz and their dip pose which they have done throughout their friendship. Eventually we moved on to lunch. Traffic was crazy with graduation and Christmas shoppers. I had made reservations at Napoli's and ordered lots of large pizzas. It worked well.
Afterwards, Bo and Jess got silly.
It was a happy day.