Cause for Celebration

Well, it’s that time of year everyone.  Even those who haven’t been in school for many years know that the months of May and June bring many graduations and with that, many parties.  This Wednesday, my family celebrated my brother Alex’s graduation from high school.  It was so exciting! 🙂

The graduate and his baby brother!

The graduate and his baby brother!

Alex is 18 and Jake is 14.  They look like twins, don’t they?!  On another exciting note, Jake just finished eighth grade and middle school.  He’s off to the big bad high school come fall!

Graduation started at 7 p.m. and was held on the football field at Plum High School.  We were so happy to have warm, sunny weather because when I graduated in 2010, my ceremony was held in the gymnasium.  Not only does this cramp many, MANY people into one small space, it was also quite hot.  Alex had to report to school by 5:30 p.m. but I insisted on leaving at the same time so that we could find a seat in the middle of the bleachers right on the 50 yard line.  I wasn’t the only one with that smart idea, so I’m glad we arrived early!  There was such excitement in the air that it didn’t seem like such a long time to wait. 🙂

By 7 p.m., everyone was getting anxious and excited.  The graduates began their procession around the track and were led by several ROTC students as well as the school administrators.

So happy!

So happy!

They enter the field on the 50 yard line and are lined by teachers cheering them on from both sides.  It’s like a tunnel!  Since my mom works for the district, she was able to be down on the field as the students filed in.  She was so excited and emotional!

Walking on to the field!

So much purple and gold!

The valedictorian gave a light-hearted and humorous speech about how you don’t have to be book smart to be a genius.  The salutatorian, senior class president, senior class council president, and principal spoke as well.  Then it was time for the big event!  The two assistant principals, Mr. Loughren and Mrs. Gattuso, had the honor of announcing the graduates names.  As each student was announced, it was so fun to recognize many of Alex’s classmates that he has become friends with over the years.

My favorite moment of the evening:

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

I made sure to get out of my seat and run up to the front so I could get some good pictures.  I was really excited that Alex’s friend took a Vine (a short video) of the moment when Mrs. Gattuso announced his name!  After commencement, everyone rushed down to the field to take photos.  We headed back to our house afterwards with Alex’s friends to eat good food and catch the end of the Penguins game.

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Big smiles 🙂

I feel like his mother.  I am just so excited and happy for him!

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Alex & his girlfriend, Taylor!

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Alex, JJ, and Ivan! (R-L)

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My boys 🙂

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Proud mom!

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Excitement!

Congratulations, baby brother!  We are all so proud of you and we love you so much.  We can’t wait to see what the future brings! ❤

Check out this cuteness………

Oh my gosh.

Then & now!

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