Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pomp & Circumstance

After yet another whirlwind week that included visiting my family in California for Mother's Day and then participating in my university’s Commencement Weekend here in DC, I'm finally getting back to blogging and am excited to share a few highlights!


Hands down, the high point of the past week was spending time with my grandparents in California. Although it's still incredibly hard for me to accept the fact that my Nana has been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, sharing a beautiful Mother's Day together meant the world to me. I plan to frame each of these two photos, which I'll give them when I'm back in town next month (even though I later learned that I wasn't wearing the master's hood correctly in these shots). I'll also enclose a card thanking them both for all of the support and love they have given me throughout my life.




After arriving back in DC on Friday, I spent Saturday afternoon getting ready to attend the first of two graduation ceremonies, this one specific to my college. After receiving ceremonial cords and medals to add to our regalia, my publishing classmates and I cheered each other on as we celebrated two years of hard work and friendship. Stephen recorded an iPhone video of me walking across the stage, and thanks to a live stream set up by the college, my family was able to watch online from California. Two of my former Capitol Hill colleagues and friends also came to watch, and as you can see, I even busted out a pair of high heels!





Next up was Sunday morning's university-wide celebration, which was held on the National Mall. Without a doubt, the highlight of the ceremony was an appearance by journalist Brian Williams, who delivered a terrific commencement speech that was as laugh-out-loud funny as it was inspiring. Just as amazing were the clear skies and temperatures in the low 70s, which made for the perfect ending to an all-around fabulous weekend!



Are you heading to any graduation ceremonies or parties this year?

21 comments:

  1. congrats~! What special pictures with your grandparents too.

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  2. Great job, Heather!!! WOO HOO!!! I love your photos with your grandparents and with Stephen. You look great, girl.

    We have a party this Saturday but I think it's the only one. Have a great week!

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  3. Congratulations on your graduation!!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing your master's program! I am so glad you were able to spend time with family, especially with your grandmother. All the best to you now that you've got that degree in hand :)

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  5. Congratulations! You look so happy, and framed photos of you with your grandparents will make beautiful gifts. You have lots of exciting things to look forward to :)

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  6. Congrats! My great granny sugar got to attend my bs graduation, and that meant the world.i was the first tograduate from college at that time. No one came to any of my other graduations,lol

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  7. Congratulations, finally all the hard work has paid off...

    I am so happy to hear you spent some time with family, I am sure they were as happy to have you around, those pictures with your grandparents are wonderful and the surely look very proud of you!!!

    Yay for Class of 2012!!!!

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  8. Congrats!!!!

    I bet your grandparents will just love the framed photos. You are too cute in your cap and gown!

    Also, so cool you got to hear Brian Williams speak!

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  9. congratulations on your commencement! it looks like such a great celebration and how awesome to have the washington monument in the background.

    and so happy that you got to spend mother's day with your nana <3

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  10. Congrats to you! Love those photos of you with your grandparents!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  11. Congratulations!!! You look amazing!!!

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  12. Congrats - you are so sweet to your grandparents too and they will love the photos!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  13. I'm sure you had such a wonderful time with your grandparents and Nana! And how neat to hear Brian Williams give a speech..congratulations!!!

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  14. Congratulations! YEYYY you did it! :) Nice pics.. sorry to hear about your grandma!

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