And watch out for the occasional Mom brag. Missed me? I missed you! I’ve been a bit busy the past couple of weeks. This post will be about Graham’s June 14 graduation, the next one will be about our trip to the Black Sheep Gathering and the one following that will be our local Cool Desert Nights car show.
Let’s see, where to start? How about the fall of 1992 when we moved back home after a two year assignment in MD. Graham had already finished kindergarten in Gaithersburg and when we talked to his principle and the teachers at Tapteal they gave us the choice of 1st grade, or Graham could do another year of kindergarten. It would be taught in a different way by a different teacher and it would be a great solid foundation to his education. So kindergarten #2 it was. Fast forward to 2005 and Graham was the sole valedictorian of his high school. Smart yes, but he works hard to get to where he wants to go. The summer after graduation he was a musician in a production of “Return to Forbidden Planet” at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland. He was there with his best friends and they traveled through out Great Britain together. What a way to end your high school days!
If you’ve been reading kitkatknit for a while you’ve read all about Graham. Graham was accepted at the seven or so undergraduate programs he applied to. When he talked to admissions at Seattle University and visited campus and the Mechanical Engineering department, he knew that is where he wanted to be. Seattle University is a Jesuit university. I could tell you all about it but it’s best if you click here to read their mission. Graham took advantage of living right in the city. He attended concerts, the theater, talks, comedy performances, and the symphony. And I think that’s why he’ll really love living in Boston for the next couple of years! And Graham thrived in the rigorous academic atmosphere.
My side of the family is small. Just my parents, my brother Steve and his wife Barb, Knitting Hubby, Graham and I. That’s it for the core, yes I have cousins but this is the nuclear part. We forgot to take a picture of us all at Graham’s high school graduation but did remember this time! We all stayed at the same hotel for graduation and the first night we had dinner at the Pink Door. It was fun, we sat outside overlooking Elliot Bay and the food was fantastic! For example the Squid Ink Spaghetti del Pescatore.
And Tiramisù for dessert!
Saturday morning started with The President’s Commencement Brunch. Different SU administrators and SU President Father Sundborg spoke. We’ve loved Father Steven Sundborg, SJ from the start. Before Graham was even at SU.His bio says “He actively supports programs that encourage students, faculty, and staff to make a difference” and he make a difference to every one he meets. Because Graham and Rachel are so cute, I took a lot of pictures of them that weekend.
The brunch was followed by the Baccalaureate Mass at St James Cathedral, the parish for Seattle University and the cathedral of the Archbishop of Seattle. Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Alexander Brunett, Father Sundborg and two other priests. The Cathedral is beautiful. My friend Ginny when she lived on Capital Hill as a child used to attend St. James and she recently told me about how it looked before the most recent renovations.
After Mass we had no time to rest, we had the College of Science and Engineering reception to go to. We got to meet a lot of Graham’s faculty. We’d only met Robert Cornwell when Graham was a freshman and Dr Cornwall was the freshman adviser. We did get a very nice picture of the family, except missing Rachel and Graham. Left to right are my Dad, me in the back, my brother Steve in the front with the dark blue sports jacket, Knitting Hubby in the back, my cute little Mom and then Barb my sister in law.
About the time Mom was on the far side of the room looking for the table with the bowl of watermelon, a presentation was about to start. Knitting Hubby and I snuck up front and watched as Graham was presented with the Rev. Edmund B. McNuty, S.J. Award by Michael J. Quinn, Dean of the College. The McNulty award is presented to an outstanding graduating engineering student judged on scholarship, leadership, dedication and inspiration. This is the second time in 3 years that a student from our area has won the award. Dan S., a graduate from one of the Kennewick high schools won it 3 years ago. Mom, after the presentation made sure that the Dean and ME chair knew that Graham was her Grandson!!
Of course we also had to get pictures of the Mechanical Engineering Chair, Greg Mason PhD and Frank Shih PhD, Graham’s mentor and adviser.
And some of the soon to graduate ME seniors.
This is Graham and his friend and former room mate Brian. Brian will be attending UC Davis for grad school. They have been great buddies for the last three years and lived together for two.
These are the guys, the girlfriends and Kathleen on the far right is Rachel’s older sister.
We had just enough time between the reception and our dinner reservation to get a great picture of Graham and Rachel.
Where was the pre-graduation dinner? Ohana’s of course. Nothing like celebrating with sake, giant drinks with umbrellas and great food in a Tiki bar.
We had to get up early the next day to get in line for great seats at Key Arena for Graham’s graduation. We got fantastic seats three rows up from the floor, on the opposite side of where Graham was seated. Oh well. Graham led the College of Science and Engineering into the arena. From here on all the indoor shots are a bit shaky from the bad lighting. Sorry.
That also meant that Graham graduated first in his college. He got to smile and shake hands with Father Sundborg for quite a while, while the speaker announced that Graham was the McNutly winner.
More handshakes from Dean Quinn.
Does this look like a PROUD graduate? Graham B. EIT, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Minors in Mathematics and Physics. Magna Cum Laude.
And equally proud parents.