About four years ago, I wrote this post about dropping Andrew off at the University of Maryland. It was a sad and happy day for everyone, and I still get a little misty reading the post I wrote about it and remembering that day. Andrew had worked hard to get into the school of his choice, and he was excited about starting and a little scared too. But we both knew he’d do a great job settling in, and would have a great time over the next four years learning and growing.
On Thursday, we went back to the University for something a little different.
Graduation! The above picture was Thursday’s commencement ceremony – three hours of processions, speakers and cheers. A little long for some of the speakers, but it was really a great ceremony and watching Andrew move his tassel from one side to the other marking his graduation (along with the other 2000ish graduates that attended the event) was really moving – more misty eyes for me!
The next day he graduated from the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences in a little bit smaller ceremony – we could actually see him!
I can always count on Andrew to maintain the solemnity of the occasion! I have more pictures of this weekend where he is making faces at me than I do where he’s looking “normal”. But it was all good as we were all happy and proud and enjoying the time with him and each other. Dan, Cieara and my mother came with us and we spent Thursday and Friday celebrating as a family. It was a very good time, and we were so happy to share it with Andrew.
So once again, I’m writing a post about Andrew moving forward into the next stage of his life. He’s accomplished this goal, and now is deciding what he wants to do next. I know that he’ll do well in whatever he chooses – he’s very focused, hard-working and smart (even if he is a terrible procrastinator – which I have to admit he gets from me). I’m so very proud of him and am looking forward to seeing what he does next.
So once again, Andrew – congratulations and bon voyage!