President Obama was the commencement speaker, after the Superintendent of the academy, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Governor of Maryland -- quite a line-up! Of course, by the time it was Obama's turn, Colsen desperately needed to go to the bathroom, which we should have expected. (It was around this time that Pete and I were again congratulating ourselves on our wise decision to leave 2 children in Charlotte.)
Anyway, the speakers were all good (the parts we heard), and we loved hearing the new Navy and Marine officers take their oaths. What admirable young people!
|It was cold! We looked a little silly in our hats.|
|Cole and his godfather|
|President Obama taking the stage|
|Andrew getting diploma|
Now came the part the kids had been waiting hours for -- getting to run onto the field to collect a "cover" that had been thrown! Colsen and Strider both found hats that had money in them, and notes. Very cool tradition.
After the ceremony, Andrew's sponsors put on an amazing party at their newly renovated home near the harbor so we were able to meet some of his classmates and friends.
It was a great day of celebration -- even if it felt like November instead of the end of May!