F5 – The Graduation Of Our Daughter – Elizabeth

Our daughter, Elizabeth, crossed a major threshold in her life.  Today, 15 June, 2013, University of California Santa Cruz conferred upon her the Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Within a few months, she will have completed all requirements for a second Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology.  We were proud to celebrate this tremendous accomplishment with her.  We tried to capture in a few pictures, some of our celebration with her.

Our daughter graduated from college on 15 June 2013.  This is her day

Our daughter graduated from college on 15 June 2013. This is a day she has worked so very hard to reach.  And we are so very proud of her.

The mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz, voted one of the ten worst, is the banana slug.

The mascot of the University of California Santa Cruz is the banana slug.   A sports site voted this mascot the 9th worst mascot of American Universities.

Elizabeth's mother baked her a graduation cake.  It could only be a banana slug.

Elizabeth’s mother baked her a graduation cake. It could only be a banana slug.

Elizabeth marched with two of her friends, Allie and Tony.

Elizabeth waited to begin the ceremony with two of her friends, Ali and Tony.

About 400 graduates of Porter College chose to march in June 2013.

The well wishers found their seats.  Then, the graduates filed in.

Elizabeth marched with her friend, Allie.

Elizabeth marched with her friend, Ali.

400 graduates settled into the bleachers for the ceremony.

400 graduates settled into the bleachers for the ceremony.  The graduates sat in two separate stands.

David Evan Jones, Provost, and Professor of Music, opened the ceremony, welcoming the graduates and well wishers.

David Evan Jones, Provost, and Professor of Music, opened the ceremony, welcomed the graduates and well wishers.  He thanked the families and friends for helping, supporting and being there for the graduates.  He offered advice to the graduates, telling them that they were unlikely to successfully plan their lives out and then fill in the details as they went along.  Rather, they would find their lives by confronting challenges, hopefully successfully, and their lives would fill in around that.

Casper Gorner, the first student speaker, was the best speaker of the day.

Casper Gorner, the first student speaker, was the best speaker of the day.  He spoke of the challenges his fellow graduates had met.  Meeting those challenges had helped define who he is, going forward.

Eddie Sanchez was the second student speaker.

Eddie Sanchez was the second student speaker.  He spoke of the challenges the graduates had overcome, and how this would equip them for success going forward.

Jennifer Parker, Associate Professor of Art, urged the graduates to immerse themselves in life, and not rely on electronic devices at the expense of actual participation.

Jennifer Parker, Associate Professor of Art, urged the graduates to immerse themselves in life, to live it.  She asked them to store their memories and experiences in their minds, not in electronic devices.

Gustavo Vazquez, Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media, spoke of experiencing the world through films.

Gustavo Vazquez, Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media, spoke of his early experiences in sharing movies with his Grandfather in Mexico.  His Grandfather taught him he could go places and see things, and be a world traveler, without ever leaving home.  He felt that film allowed him to offer this opportunity to others.

Throughout the speeches, Elizabeth bravely sat still, perhaps wondering why she had agreed to humor her parents and go through the ceremony.

Throughout the speeches, Elizabeth bravely listened.  We suspect that, more than once, the thought crossed her mind, wondering why she had ever agreed to take part in this.  Her parents are very grateful she did, that she allowed us to be a small part of her life.

George Blumenthal, Chancellor, presented the degrees to the graduates.

Finally, the speeches were over.  George Blumenthal, Chancellor, presented the degrees to the graduates.  The presentations lasted about 90 minutes.

Finally, the degrees were handed out.  Elizabeth's half went first, and she was finally allowed to stand and move to the platform.

They began to hand out the degrees. The bleachers Elizabeth sat in were the first to go.

Elizabeth was awarded her Bachelor's Degree.

Elizabeth walked across the stage, was given her degree, and received the congratulations of the Chancellor.  This fifteen second walk, was the culmination of years of work.

Back in the stands, Elizabeth waited for the remainder of her classmates to be given their degrees.

Back in the stands, Elizabeth waited, while the other bleachers received their diplomas

George Blumenthal, Chancellor, confirmed the degrees given to each graduate.

George Blumenthal, Chancellor, conferred the degrees given to each graduate.  He empowered them with all the rights and privileges of their diplomas.

Marian (Elizabeth's Mother), Elizabeth, and Pat (Elizabeth's Dad), together.

Marian (Elizabeth’s Mother), Elizabeth, and Pat (Elizabeth’s Dad), together.

Marian (Elizabeth's Mother), Elizabeth, Pat (Elizabeth's Dad), David (Elizabeth's Brother), and Mitch (Elizabeth's Fiancee) together, after the ceremony.

Marian (Elizabeth’s Mother), Elizabeth, Pat (Elizabeth’s Dad), David (Elizabeth’s Brother), and Mitch (Elizabeth’s Boy Friend) together, after the ceremony.

Marian (Elizabeth's Mother), Pat (Elizabeth's Dad), David (Elizabeth's Brother), Mitch (Elizabeth's Fiancee), and Elizabeth, celebrating over lunch.

Marian (Elizabeth’s Mother), Pat (Elizabeth’s Dad), David (Elizabeth’s Brother), Mitch (Elizabeth’s Boy Friend), and Elizabeth, celebrating over lunch.

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4 responses to “F5 – The Graduation Of Our Daughter – Elizabeth

  1. Congratulations on this milestone for your family Pat. I am so happy for you.

    • Thank you Val – We are all very very very very proud of her. She worked extremely hard, challenging herself in every way. We were happy to be a very small part of her success.

  2. Ian and Cathy

    A proud day – well done and congratulations on achieving your degree, Liz.

    Uncle Ian and Aunt Cathy

Let us know what you thought, we'd love to know. Thanks - Pat and Marian

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