Friday, June 6, 2008

Pomp and Circumstance

Last night Little Daughter graduated from 8th grade! She made her speech as Class President and I couldn’t believe how poised and grown up she has become. I did videotape it, but unfortunately, the microphone wasn’t close enough to her mouth to produce intelligible audio and the people sitting behind us wouldn’t stop screaming for some kid named Xavier, so you can’t really hear her.

Again, just a reminder to the general public, when someone is performing or speaking and you are in the audience, you be quiet. I just can’t stress this enough these days.

The graduation ceremony was exciting and I did drop a few tears when my daughter’s name was called and she walked across the stage to receive her diploma. Noticeably absent from this years graduation ceremony, though, was the traditional precessional where the graduates walk in to Pomp and Circumstance.

Why? That’s one of the coolest parts of a graduation ceremony! They simply just had all 400 kids seated on the stage behind a curtain. No pomp. No circumstance. Very, very strange.

Here’s some pictures we took yesterday and some video of Erica receiving her diploma.

Congrats again to the Class of 2008 and to Erica, who will always be my baby no matter how grown up she gets. We are so proud of you!


Crystal said...

No pomp & circumstance?? How odd!

pjazzypar said...

Are those all three of your children together? What attractive children. Well RC, you almost got em' all out of the house. What will you do then?

Damien said...

Everyone is into being modern nowadays. I like that tradition as you do. Complain, you'd be surprised how much it can change things in schools!

Hey, I like the new layout! Easier on the eyes as far as the text goes. The drawing wouldn't have been my first choice, but the cat and the catboots make it all work ;)


Jessica Morris said...

Your daughter is beautiful! I love her smile :) Um, and her dress!! Very nice!!
Congrats to her on graduating and being class president!

PopArtDiva said...

RockChick - found you through Malcolm's Pop Culture Dish Blog!

Yup, people in the audience should be quiet during the event! Why do people go to see things and then talk all the way through them???

The young man in the 5th picture down looks a little like Zach Braff! Cutie! Your daughter is adorable and is wearing some very DIVA shoes!

PopArtDiva aka The Brat in the Hat

The Rock Chick said...

crystal: yes, very odd! It seemed empty without it.

pjazzy: those are the youngest three kids. My oldest daughter was working that night unfortunately. I still have a ways to go before empty nest syndrome, but I am feeling the beginnings of it, I tell ya!

damien: I did complain, they said there was no way to have a processional since they decided to do it inside. The whole ceremony was over in 35 minutes0-they just blasted thru the 400 graduates. They could have added a few minutes for that. It would have made it so much nicer.

Jessica: thank you!!! Erica is president of everything, I think. Shes just one of those kinds of kids!

popart: that's the daughter's boyfriend. He's a really nice kid. From the front he looks like David Archuletta.