Sunday, June 19, 2011

Oh Happy Day

My daughter graduated from The Ohio State University last Sunday 
and it was a very happy day for both of us.  The ceremony for
spring graduation is always held in the football stadium because it's the
only place large enough to hold everyone.  Here is a picture of the outside.

The stadium has some lovely stained glass windows at the entrance which
were best enjoyed on this day from the inside.

Here are the students marching into the stadium.  They graduated 9,700
students this quarter which is a staggering number if you think about it.  
Campus is really like a small town within the city of Columbus with
around 40,000 students which doesn't include the satellite campuses.

Here is a picture of about half of the students graduating.

The raising of the American flag.

Here are the students picking up their diplomas.  Ohio State is one of
the few large universities that still graduates all of its individual schools and
passes out each actual diploma in one ceremony ~ which is why it is
a 2-1/2 hour ceremony.
My camera was acting up for these last few photos, so the quality and color
is not very good.

And here is my daughter, Kate ~ the happy graduate.

As I sat in the stadium surrounded by proud families and students, I couldn't
help but shed a few tears at how quickly time passes and our children
grow up.  My daughter had a pretty turbulent time in college due to a
combination of bad personal choices and heavy class loads.  All I could
do as I sat there was give thanks to God that she made it through in
four years, was receiving a diploma, and neither of us has any
college debt.  There were days when I didn't think either of us were going to 
survive her college years.  I felt overwhelmed by the goodness and grace of God
to have brought us to this happy day.
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La said...

Congratulations, Kate!

Cindy, she is just lovely and she looks so happy. We all make mistakes growing up (and growing old for that matter) and kudos to her for making it through in 4 years! WOW! That is not easy. I'm happy for you both.

Have a great day!

Stitchfork said...

Congrats to both of you Kate and Cindy!
xo Cathy

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

So sweet Cindy...I am so happy for you both! Glad you both made it through those years!~Hugs, Patti

Snap said...

Congratulations to your daughter and to you! Happiness all around! Wonderful shots and memories for both of you.

Anonymous said...

More pride in that stadium than at a football game, I'm betting. You're right about time passing so quickly. Once kids graduate from college, there's no more fooling ourselves about them being kids!

Debby said...

Congratulations to the both of you. I'm glad I got to see your beautiful daughter in person the day of your sale.
A great accomplishment to graduate in four years and without debt. Lots to look forward to.
BEAUTIFUL pictures. I like the one that you said the camera was acting up on. Looks like a painting. Enjoy the summer.

Debbie said...

Congratulations to her AND to you! I well know the feeling.

Michele said...

You must be So proud, congrats mom and daughter!

The Tablescaper said...

Congratulations. You certainly deserve to be proud! Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

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