I did it. I graduated! Friday morning all the years of work came to a beautiful conclusion with commencement. I got to walk across the stage, get my diploma (or at least the diploma holder), and move my tassel from the right to left. (There was some internet searching in the car on the way to commencement trying to figure out what side the tassel starts on. Of course they also told us at the ceremony before we walked in.)
Decorating graduation caps is apparently a thing. My school even held a contest for it. I went with an ‘A’ for UT Arlington. (You can see that same ‘A’ above the sign in the background. College Park Center is the arena on campus where graduation was held.)
With all the women role models in my life, my Mother-in-law, Mom, and Aunt. And the traditional graduation pose, flanked by my proud parents. I got a little teary-eyed during commencement when they asked the graduates to stand and applaud their families who were there to support them.
My sisters! I am the oldest, but also the last to graduate from college. I got to be there when both of them graduated from college. I was so happy that they were both there to see me walk across the stage at my own college graduation.
I couldn’t have done it without the support of my husband and kids.
I went back to school when the twins were in kindergarten. This year they are in 8th grade. I have been in school for about as long as they can remember. I was so glad that Youngest Twin got to be there to see me walk across the stage. I hope that showing him you can always go back to school and further your education has been a positive example to him.
My view looking up to where my family was seated before the ceremony began.
Post commencement, and picture taking, there was celebrating. Dinner out with family, a graduation gift from my parents, brunch with friends, and some late night dancing.
My favorite selfie ever. A graduation day selfie with my family.