Christopher’s Graduation – I had the BEST time!!

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.

Finally, the announcement was made that they had graduated and the confetti fell.

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.

Here I could find Chris among the graduates.

Here I got to hear my son’s name be called and watch him walk across the stage.


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!!

About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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5 Responses to Christopher’s Graduation – I had the BEST time!!

  1. amanda says:

    Congratulations to Chris and to you!! Your last paragraph made me all teary-eyed. Does he have a job lined up, maybe grad school? Or was this a graduate degree?

    • Shelly R. says:

      This was his bachelor’s degree. It took awhile to find the right major for Chris – we did not even know there was a degree available in Public Policy or he would have done this sooner. He took some time off during the process to travel a little and experience life so he could better focus on what he really wanted to do. Right now he is still doing some volunteer work with a local not for profit. He started working there as an intern in college but is continuing because there is still work to be done that will take more time to complete. He is really enjoying working with not for profits so that may be the direction he goes in rather than government. We will see. It’s a tough job market out there but at least this part is finished. Today really is the first day of the rest of his life. As for grad school, he knows it is always an option, though he would probably go the law school route as his mind is soooooo focused in that direction. For me, it is just exciting to watch the process and his choices. Hee Hee. I had SUCH a good time yesterday!!

  2. Ashling says:

    Congratulations to you both! You look liek a proud mama, and that pride is well-earned!

  3. Danielle says:

    I kept trying to leave a comment from Mom’s Ipad but it wouldn’t let me! I’m home now. Congratulations Chris!! It’s hard to believe that boy who will be forever 5 years old in my head is a college graduate! I’m very proud and I love you!

  4. Barbara Antonelli says:

    Congratulations again, Chris. How I wish I could have been there to cry, when they played that familiar song as all of you walked in….I am so proud of you….follow your dreams Honey and makes lots of money! Ha! I love you so much….Grandma xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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