Sunday, May 22, 2011

Graduation Pictures

For the first time in a long time I'm sitting here at the start of another week and I don't have any homework! And It. Feels. Great!

Graduation was held in the auditorium. There were times we split up into smaller groups but for the most part this was where our classes were held.

Friday night it was pretty full. It was fun to see so many family and friends come out to support the graduates.

The praise band started the evening with a couple of songs.

Then two of the graduates spoke. Here Lindsey is giving her fabulous speech!

John did well too. I really appreciated what they both had to share.

Joy created a slide show with pictures from our time here that was shown. I would love to show it to you! Once I get it I'll be sure to post it.

Then a pastor from a local church came and gave the commencement.  

Then the diplomas were handed out.

Afterwards there were lots of hugs and pictures taken. Many goodbyes and see ya laters and maybe even a few tears. It's never easy to say good bye.
Sue has been such a wonderful mentor and friend to me.

I love having Fran around. She always makes us laugh and is willing to give of her time to help others out.

Fran and Sophia.

Lindsey gives some super hugs.

Carrie. Dear Carrie. She's been there for us through so much these last five years. I had to say good bye to this dear friend tonight. She's leaving tomorrow and in a couple months will be heading to Paraguay. It will most likely be three years before she's back in the States.
I'm know our graduation isn't the only one happening lately. Any special people in your life graduating this month?

P.S. Photo credit goes to Lighter Focus Photography for the first half of the pictures.


Neha said...

Congratulations once again!!! It's always difficult to say 'goodbye' and remembering those moments still make me cry. Nevertheless, it's the friends we gain for life...and so it's never really a goodbye :)

Lyryn said...

Yay! Awesome pictures!! So happy for you!

Kelly said...

Congratulations Melissa!

Crystal said...

Congratulations again!!! I'm so proud of you! This helped me feel like in a small way I was able to be there. Thanks for sharing!