I just got home from the most epic-wonderful, non-stop, loud, proud, can’t-get-enough graduation weekend! Oldest son Ben graduated from the University of Colorado last weekend. He may have been the last of the 4 to graduate, but he did it in fine style!
All of the kids have humored their parents and grandparents and have participated in the graduation ceremonies. Since they all attended large universities, the graduations were similar – hundreds graduating, thousands attending, prestigious speakers, interminable list of names called, the pomp and circumstance of it all. Ben’s main graduation ceremony was no different, but because he was in an honors program, we were treated to a few more festivities.
But first: getting there.
Ben and his SO Kirsten live in Loveland, CO. They have a darling little house with a garden and a guest room and 2 precious dogs. She drives north to Fort Collins where she works as an architect, and he drives south to Boulder for school.
Our family lives…everywhere. Graduation was to begin on Thursday. Travel started on Sunday.
My parents headed out in their SUV from Peachtree City, Georgia
I left my sweetheart in Austin, Texas to travel to Eugene, Oregon, where #4 has been.
#2 and his SO left Salida, Colorado heading for Loveland. Amy and I made it from Eugene to Salt Lake City. Parents made it to Loveland.
Jesse, Anna Leigh, and Aden left Murfreesboro to fly to Denver to rent a car to drive to Loveland. Amy and I made it to Loveland. #3 and her SO left Las Vegas at 5am, right after she got off work at the casino, flew through Salt Lake City to Denver to Loveland.
We have a couple of folks yet to arrive, but off we go to dinner.
Thursday morning brought the first of the official ceremonies:
Ben’s Honors Thesis was entitled: A Dangerous Conflation of Ideologies: The Nexus of Christianity and Neoliberalism. I know, everyone’s dying to read it, but he wants to get it peer-reviewed and published, so he’s not quite making it public yet. You can trust his mother – it’s brilliant. His plan is to go to law school (University of Washington?) after a year off for LSAT study and travel.
Then the obligatory cheese and fruit reception
Thursday night was our cooking extravaganza, and I don’t have many pictures of that because I was…cooking. What a feast we had! Everyone pitched in – all of us in the kitchen at once, cooking, mixing drinks, dancing, and I know it will surprise everyone, but we are a little loud when we are all together, so I remember a lot of shouting.
Late Thursday night brought in Amy’s squeeze, Alex, from Eugene, Oregon, after a little tense pass travel experience going through Salt Lake City. Then Friday was the big show!
Next was a reception for his department, with a quick stop in the bookstore on the way
We grabbed this moment for the group shot:
And whattyaknow, we have time for a quick drink before the final event of the day!
Then, the last event – his graduation with his Political Science Department
BBQ and friends, my honey got in late, food and drink for everyone (and a little storytelling…), and then back together again for breakfast before everyone had to hit the road for that traveling in reverse.
Ben, we are profoundly proud of you. Not only did you get it done, you got it done magnificently!
Thanks for reading!
May 19, 2014 at 11:15 am
Please let me know if Ben has any interest in a couple of books . . . one is called “How to Get into Top Law Schools” and I read it cover-to-cover before applications, REALLY illuminating, can’t imagine having applied without it. (He must promise not to make fun of the notes in the margins.) The other is just the PR “X Top Law Schools” (2014, I think?) which is nice to browse and a good reference once you get to the point where you’re like “what was their student:teacher ratio again?” I will ship them both to you or him, free-of-charge, if you will PM me an address. “How to Get into Top Law Schools” in particular is just REALLY a must-read and I might get hives if I don’t know that he has a copy.
I gave away all my LSAT prep materials unfortunately (but they were twice handed-down, most of them). But here’s my post on how I studied for the LSATs without buying a prep-course, if he’s interested: http://rumspringaprose.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/how-i-studied-for-the-lsat-without-kaplan/
Or if there’s anything else I could possibly help with, please let him know I’d love a FB friendship or a PM. Obviously, I already whole-heartedly congratulate him on both his thesis and graduation, and his decision to take time off. Really the smartest thing I think anyone can do before law school.