Thursday, December 20, 2007

College Graduation

Wow, this has been a really busy week. My oldest son, our first homeschool graduate, is now a college graduate! North Carolina State University held its Fall Commencement Ceremony at the RBC Center on Wednesday morning, December 19, 2007. My eyes were misty watching my boy enter the arena in black cap and gown along with the other members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, to join the various other colleges, as well as masters and doctoral degree candidates. How can this be? Am I really that old? (rhetorical question ~ I obviously know the answer...)

Alex earned his B.A. with a major in political science. He also completed the Army ROTC program, so on Tuesday night, he received his gold bars as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army at the NC State Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony and Dinner. He looked really sharp in his dress greens, up on stage repeating the Army oath of office and afterwards receiving his first salute from a NCO.

The new officers all received a really nice gift in a presentation by the Officer Christian Fellowship Minister ~ a gear tree engraved with their last name on one side, and NCSU 2007 on the other side.

A second Joint Commissioning Ceremony was held on Wednesday afternoon, this time for all 4 branches ~ Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force. Both ceremonies were very impressive. I am so proud of my son, both for what he has accomplished over the last four years and for what he has committed to do over the next four years. My parents and niece were here from MA for the festivities as well. Alex is their first grandchild, so this was very special for them as well.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I thought of you all Wednesday morning and was waiting for this post!!!
..Tell him we are proud of him... and thank him for choosing to serve our country!


Anonymous said...

Gramma and I were proud to be present for Alex's college graduation and commissioning ceremony. Some pretty good parenting took place to create the fine young man that he has become.
Two wonderful role models these parents are.

Creech Family said...

CONGRATS and best wished to Alex, who you should be so very, very proud of. It is hard to realize that the young 9? year-old I remember meeting who was already leading (his siblings!) has already graduated college! But not so hard to imagine him as an Army Officer, a leader, a Christian example and all-round great guy! Sorry we missed the celebration tonight - we drove to Lexington to meet my siblings for our annual get-together and I wasn't sure if we would get back in time for your celebration or not. Give Alex a big hug, handshake, Congrats and pat on the back from each of us! And give yourself and Mark some Congrats too!
Love and Merry Christmas!