Since the graduation takes place in a tent on the lawn a lot of the area surrounding the tent was under almost a foot of water. There wasn't anywhere near enough room in the tent for a majority of the families so we were herded into the cafeteria and others were sent to various buildings to watch the proceedings on projector screens.
Since we were watching the ceremonies on the YouTube feed instead of the direct one we lost audio shortly after the start. It was only by counting the names in the program that we even knew Meredith was coming up, since we couldn't hear her name announced.
We had to park about 1/4 mile from the cafeteria and most of the "shuttles" were open, 6-passenger golf carts with a roof. Now we know how the Gorton's fisherman feels.
This was a completely unacceptable way to treat the graduates and their families especially after paying an exorbitant amount of tuition for four years in anticipation of this moment. Due to a horrendous lack of planning we missed one of our family's biggest moments.
Now that I got all that out, let me say that we are immensely proud of our daughter for graduating cum laude with a 3.5 GPA and being on the dean's list for all of her semesters. I know she gets her beauty from her mother and apparently her intelligence too.
The day got better. We went for a nice lunch and then back to the house for cake. It's always nice to have the whole family around for these important moments.
After cake and celebrations we went to pack up Meredith's belongings from her apartment.
Tomorrow it's on to the next phase of her life.
|Justin, Stephanie, and Ryan in the cafeteria.|
|Meredith on the big screen.|
|The big screen.|
|At the restaurant.|
|At the house.|
|At the apartment.|
|Goodbye to the apartment.|