Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hail the Conquering Graduate

Yesterday was Graduation Day for my oldest son Trent. He had a few classes he had to make up from last year in order to qualify for graduation. It was a bit of a cliff hanger, but he managed to pull it all out of the bag, in the end. Like the school administrator said "D" for diploma. Now, maybe he can avoid living in a van down by the river.

I don't think it has really sunk in yet. Hard to believe my little one could be old enough to be done with high school. I am proud of him for not giving up and working as hard as he did this last semester. Way to finish strong.

My Mom, Dad, and sister Jennifer were able to come and share in the celebration. It was so fun to see my mom. She wasn't going to come, but at the last minute she decided that she was feeling up to it and could postpone one of her radiation treatments. She is looking really great.

Of course things have to be complicated and my husband was suppose to be teaching a class during the ceremony. Luckily he was able to rearrange things and be there for the big day.
Here are Jared, my Mom, Jennifer, and Diana waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Here is the school logo that was up on the big screen.
Here is Trent walking in. Sadly, I didn't get the picture of him doing his Rocky impersonation. You will just have to imagine it.
Here he is after the ceremony. The ropes he is wearing are for those who participated in Orchestra.
And here he is with the famous eye brow and the diploma with his name on it.

The proud parents. Notice my husbands glasses are broken again and in need of tape to keep them together.
And the whole family. Nice looking group, if I say so myself.

Here are the proud grandparents.
And here Jennifer and Trent are having a contest to see who can make the best face.

My Dad, Jennifer, Trent, me, and my Mom.
After all the festivities we went to Olive Garden to celebrate. Jared managed to not be in this picture. Way to go, son. The food was very yummy.
And finally for all of you who weren't able to be there, here is a video of him walking across the stage.
It was a good day and now he will work for the summer and attend the community college in the fall.
So here is to the future. I hope the best is yet to be.


Emily said...

three cheers for Trent!

Smart Helm said...

And we all know without a wonderful Mother it would never had happened (This is ur blog, so I get to say good things about u.

Good job Trent (and Pat)!

T said...

Yay! You managed to get one through the torture! I'm still a few years away from the first graduating (only 4 actually...) but you're making me think it's time to make sure my glasses are in one piece before the big event :)

Barbaloot said...

First off--congrats to your son.
Second off--I'm not entirely certain why I've never commented on your blog before, but the second I saw your post about SYTYCD I knew I couldn't avoid it any longer:) I'm still sad they didn't accept the cute red-head girl from last season...but I suppose I'll still watch/be addicted.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe that he graduated from highschool. That just is crazy I remember when he was just starting school, has time really flown by that fast, and has it really been that long since we've seen you guys? Congrats Trent!!

Marjorie said...

It was great to share the day. I forgot to thank Diana for the fine accomodations! I'm so glad the doctor agreed to my coming. It makes it mighty hard to stay humble with family like yours!
Congrats to all!

April said...

YEAH!!!!! I'm so glad for you, for Trent, for your mom being able to be there! What a fun time!!!

Kris said...

Congrats!! I am so happy for you all!

SEBishop said...

You have a HIGH SCHOOL graduate! I am so proud of him (and you for surviving) those fun and not-so-fun years.

Shawna said...

Congrats to you and Trent!

Anjeny said...

Sorry I'm late...

Congratz to the grads!! He looks soo happy to finally be washing his hands off of high school..lol.

Congratulations Pat..I know you are very proud of him. Good job mom and son!!

peacekeeper said...

congrats trent and the rest of the fam. great pics.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

YEA for TRENT!!! I love the eyebrow how funny!... That takes talent, I tried it!

And YEA for Olive Garden! hehe!