This weekend my family was in Tallahassee to witness our oldest, our first-born graduate from college.

Saturday morning JM and about 1,300 of her classmates were bestowed their degrees in the second of three commencement ceremonies.

I was surprised that I maintained composure as well as I did. I choked up during the National Anthem and once more during the hooding of new doctoral grads when one new PhD. was given her hood by her father. Very touching to watch on the jumbo tron over center court.

This week’s photos were taken during the ceremonies. We lucked out and sat practically perpendicular to where JM was in the crowd. Thank goodness for a good zoom lens.

I present one of the best and brightest of FSU’s Class of 2011… (okay, now I am going to cry.)

College of Arts and Sciences - Class of 2011
Honor cords - Greek Honors Society, Golden Key, top 15%, Magna cum Laude
Bestowing her degree, turning the tassel
Thanks Mom, Dad and bro for all your support
Walking the stage - Bachelor of Science, Sociology
FSU Alum

JM is attending grad school this fall with a full academic scholarship. I cannot begin to describe how proud our family is of all she was accomplished and all she has yet to achieve.

Go Noles!

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens and/or a Nikon CoolPix S205)

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28 thoughts on “Commencement

  1. Congrats to JM and to you! You have every right to be proud!

    As for me… I’ll be waiting another year for my son to finish his undergrad degree! Oh well! Better late than never! 😉


  2. JM is beautiful (as I knew she was) but she is beaming and glowing! I am so proud of her and so excited for you and your entire family! WAY TO GO JM! 🙂


  3. Thanks for posting pics of the new graduate! Please send me a couple as mementos when you get a moment. SOOO wish we could have been there!


  4. CONGRATULATIONS!! Aww… I know you are SO proud, and rightfully so! Beautiful, smart daughter you have there. What great photos and great memories. And what a fabulous zoom lens! 🙂


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