Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Graduation Ceremony

Tessa's graduation was held on Thursday, June 9th at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland.

We went to dinner before hand over in North Portland so we would be close by.  We went to Pause and had a yummy dinner.  One advantage of taking grandma and grandpa with us is we got to use their handicap parking permit and got rock star  parking!

There she goes!  Next time we see her she will be an official high school graduate!

She also had her fans in the crowd.

There were over 600 graduates in her class but it was amazing how quicky they got them in the door and all across that stage.

Our neighbor Tom Quillin is on the schoolboard so he was there that night to help present diplomas - he gave Tessa a big hug!  So sweet!

That darn hat just didn't want to stay on!

The Concert Choir sang so Tessa participated in that.

And she was recognized as a Westview Academic Scholar.

It's official - she did it!

It was pretty dark outside when we came out but we still found a few of her good friends and took photos!
Katy Jo - Rachel and Spiro

And a few more family shots.

Cali and Tessa did a little graduation dance in the parking lot.

One final shot!

We headed home and quickly changed our clothes.  Tessa and I headed over to the high school for the all night grad party.  They bused them over to a local athletic club and had lots of fun activities for them all night.  I chaperoned the first shift and got home about 2:00 a.m.!

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