Sunday, June 1, 2008

Beth Graduates High School on May 30th, 2008

When I graduated from high school in 1998, Beth's graduation seemed like an eternity away. She was only 7 (almost 8), and in the middle of elementary school. Well I have news for you ladies and gentleman - time flies!

On Friday Darcy and I left work a couple of hours early so we could make this notable event. Despite rush hour traffic making our drive from the Silicon Valley to Santa Rosa three hours long, we made it in time. The graduation was very nice and very tamed. While many high school graduations feature flying beach balls and other shananagans from wild teenagers, Beth's graduation had none of that, which I was impressed by. Wouldn't it be a bummer if your name was called right when everyone was distracted by something extra curricular going on in the sea of graduates, such as a bouncing ball or string confetti? Hats off to Montgomery High School for making sure this sort of disrespectful behavior did not occur.

The graduation consisted of the following:

- The graduates entered the beautiful artificially turfed football feild to take their seats. During this time we were unable to locate Beth, but this is what it looked like:

- Three student speeches and three student musical performances. Out of the three speeches, I was impressed by one of them, and out of the three musical performances, I was impressed by two them, which are pictured below.

- The school principal then spoke way too long on the verge of inappropriateness. She was overly political, and needed to be reminded it's about the kids, not her. According to Beth she is well-liked. That may be, but I was not impressed with the way she used her platform on Friday night.

- Then, finally, the 366 graduates were named off in seemingly random order. I found it ironic that there were 366 of them and this year happens to be a leap year with 366 days in it. Beth went somewhere in the middle and the 15 or so in attendance for her roared at the reading of her name. I already showed you the pictured of her getting called up above, but here's another one of her rounding the corner on her way back to her seat.

My parents hosted a graduation party for Beth following the ceremony. Beth was only able to attend for an hour or so because she had to get to project grad by ten, but that didn't stop many of us from hanging out until past midnight. 20-30 of our extended family, friends, and even my buddy Dylan stopped by to enjoy great food, wine, and dessert.

Of course, many more pictures were taken at the party.

Mindy and Dennis with their third and final high school graduate offspring:

The proud brother:

Beth opening up her graduation present from my parents; a new laptop to take to Cal Poly - SLO next year where she will be studying nutrition:

Dylan and I. You may remember I visited Dylan in Portland in early April. He has since finished law school (at Lewis and Clark) and is now back in Santa Rosa studying for the bar exam full time. He takes the test on July 31st, which is the same day Darcy is due.

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, Bosco got to see his buddy Mac all weekend!

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