We got fairly good seats and we were even able to reserve some for J's mom Brenda, Jimmy and Jenny. The main commencement ceremony was held in a large grassy quad just outside Brookings Hall, the oldest and possibly most iconic part of Washington University's campus. New this year, the university lined the quad with flags from all of the students' home countries. This provided some great entertainment as we all tried to associate the flags with their countries.
|Image by Melissa Marte-Nordsieck|
|The school banners via Melissa Marte-Nordsieck|
|Commencement speaker Elie Wiesel via Melissa Marte-Nordsieck|
|J on stage representing the law school class|
|J after receiving his diploma|
|Stopping for my dad to take a picture|
|J and I posing with his diploma--written entirely in Latin!|
|The law school crew via Melissa Marte-Nordsieck|
During the ceremony, we tried to brainstorm some ideas of things we needed to bring for future graduations. I thought I would share them here so you can benefit from the lessons we've learned over the years--this is our third graduation in four years and we have two more on the horizon!
Here they are:
- Wear a fabulous hat--hats shouldn't just be reserved for royal weddings and the Kentucky Derby!
- Bring an umbrella, just in case
- Bring sunscreen
- Bring bottles of water
- Make sure you eat breakfast or bring a portable one
- Bring magazines or crossword puzzle to work on
- Seat cushions are a must. You will be sitting for long periods of time in uncomfortable chairs--your backside will thank you :)
- Wear wedges or flats--getting stilettos stuck in grass over and over is no fun!
- Bring your camera and make sure your batteries are fully charged!