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.

12 comments:

Pamela Palmer said...

I love you too.

Yesenia said...

i love you three. i miss you so much and i look up to you in more ways than you can imagine. congrats on graduating. i hope i get to see you and t this summer!

Bekah said...

Yay Sienna! Congratumalations to you. We love you and wish we could have been there.

christian said...

Congratulations Sienna. Walking is a good idea. Last time I did that I was in High School. Maybe this time around I'll actually walk. We're looking forward to seeing you guys this summer. We're going to be here all summer so if you ever feel a deep urge to go the beach and don't mind really cold water we'd love to see you.
Christian

Kaity DeMartini said...

Good Job sister! You are so smart; You graduated from the REAL BYU. It's way harder than BYUH (because it's so freaking cold and depressing all winter)! I love you four.

noelle said...

you look so gorgeous in these photos. maybe its that sense of accomplishment that just had you glowing. i love you one of you and austin. and why is tony wearing two different outfits? :) anyway, congratulations. i'm so happy for you.

Sienna said...

that is a good question noelle. these pictures are from thursday and friday. thursday was the big commencement and friday was the convocation for the college of humanities. the ones with tony in the black shirt were from thurs and the others with austin and the blue shirt were from fri.

Yesenia said...

p.s. sienna, you're gorgeous!

Damaris said...

good job Sienna. I think walking is a good closure. I was hoping to go to my two year reunion this year but it doesn't seem like it's going to happen. I think you should take a graduation trip to California.

Karen said...

Mimi says:
congratulations, Sienna!!!
I'm very proud.

Karen said...

p.s. from Mimi

Cecil B. Demille was the speaker at my graduation in 1941, same year shelley was born.

Karen said...

p.p.s. from Mimi:

love you, Sienna and Tony.