I know that Mondays are usually for my project report, but yesterday was one of those spectacular days for a Mom that trumps everything else. My son graduated from college with honors with a degree in Public Policy!!
We had a beautiful sunny day with the temperatures in the 80s.
There were thousands of kids. He attended the State University of New York at Albany – which is a university near and dear to our hearts.
Gram lived just a few blocks away from the school and I spent alot of time there growing up. As a teenager I would go and sit in their library periodical room and read magazine articles about the politics of the late sixties and later I would use their pianos in their music rooms to practice playing because I did not have one. After Chris was born I returned to Albany and got my undergrad degree from there. Today I watched my son do the same.
There were two ceremonies due to the size of the graduating class. The first ceremony was the university wide ceremony – which was so big it had to be divided into two days. There was an entire graduation Saturday for half of the graduating students and then the other half graduated yesterday – Sunday. There were alot of people there.
We were in the first third of the rows of people if that gives you any idea of how many folks were there. The students sat in the front rows waaaaaaaaay ahead of us.
The commencement speaker was Judge Judy.
Seems that her 3 sons all graduated from SUNY Albany so she has a connection to the school. Her speech focused on telling the kids that you only have one chance to make a first impression. (Toothpaste commercial?) Gratefully it was short as the kids sitting in black robes on a warm sunny day with no shade were getting uncomfortable. Chris was somewhere in this group of graduates, but the rows were so deep there was no chance of finding him in there.
Then on to the second graduation – which was much smaller and allowed for the personal recognition that should go along with a graduation. This was the graduation held for the students in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy – which is the college within the University that Chris attended. This was held at the downtown campus in a much smaller and air conditioned auditorium.
I will have to wait for the professional shots to arrive of his actual receipt of the rolled up paper they give you until they mail you your diploma because my camera shoots too slowly, but this worked for me. I was in Mommy Nirvana during this day. I was and am soooooo very proud of my son.
I have very simple goals in life for my son. Be an asset – not a liability – in the world. Be a positive force, not a negative one. Chris grew up to be a man who is compassionate and caring as well as extremely intelligent. I am so very very proud of him and thank the powers that be on a daily basis that I was given a being such as him to spend my life with and knowing. I love you son. Thank you for giving me one of my very best days ever!!