Saturday, April 26, 2008
Rise and Shout! The Cougars are out.
I graduated. It's official. I almost didn't rent the $40 cap and gown, but I am really glad I did. It was a two day event with a big processional on Thursday and Commencement with Elder Bednar as the main speaker. It snowed lightly during the processional. Elder Bednar bore a very sincere testimony of the power of learning how to learn and the importance of learning throughout your life. He emphasized the legacy of Brigham Young and his willingness to learn new things throughout his life. Tony got to sit in VIP seating because Em P's future father-in-law is a Dean of one of the colleges. It was very nice closure to my BYU experience and reminded me how grateful I am for everyone who has loved and supported me throughout the last five years. It also was a good reminder of the millions of people who directly and indirectly make BYU possible. I have received such an amazing education there that it is hard not to be overwhelmed with gratitude.
Friday was the College of Humanities Convocation where they read your names and let you walk across the stage. Tony and Austin were a good support team and I loved the lei that my mom sent from Hawaii. The main speaker was C. Terry Warner. He is currently working on an exhibition about Education in Zion that highlights some of the stories of early church educators and the founding of Brigham Young Academy. He talked about Karl G. Maeser's fervent prayers about the school and the inspiration that lead to his plan for BYA. It seemed like a really cool exhibition and another good reminder of how important education is to the Lord. It was also fun to have them read my name and walk across the stage (although brief). Sienna Miquel Palmer Dittmer did take up two lines in the program.
As always, Tony was very supportive throughout both days. Thanks again to everyone who has supported me through college and helped with money, encouragment, friendship, etc. You guys are the best and as cliché as it sounds, I couldn't have done it without you. I love you.
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