I had to be at school at 12:45, so my family and Jeff's family met at our house around 11:30 to get some photos before we left. Everyone helped me put on the fancy JD graduation outfit...
And then we took a bajillion photos. But I'll just share a few:
Can you tell we're very, very excited to be done with law school?
With my parents and sisters
With Jeff's parents and one of Jeff's brothers (the other brother was at his girlfriend's graduation from Texas A&M! Whoop!)
We piled into the car and headed to campus, and I only got there slightly late. Haha! More family met us there, and there ended up being so many people! I got to share the day with my parents, Jeff's parents, my sisters, Jeff's brother, four grandparents, two cousins, three uncles, and two aunts! I felt so special!
The valedictorian and salutatorian lead the two processional lines, and (surprise!) it turns out I was the salutatorian (at least, I was before the last semester's grades got posted... who knows what I'll be in the end)! So I got to carry a big banner and lead one of the lines.
Here we are sitting and waiting to graduate (my friend Justen and I were joking about something)...
Here I am receiving my hood!
And then it was over! There were only two-hundred and something of us, so it didn't take too long. After the ceremony, the law school hosted a nice reception back at the Law Center, so we all went to that (and took more photos!).
With my parents and little sisters
With Gran & Grandpa, and my aunt, uncle, and cousin
Gran & Grandpa
With my parents, Gran-Mom & Gran-Dad, two uncles, an aunt, and a cousin
Gran-Mom & Gran-Dad
My silly family!
After that, we had a casual little dinner party back at our house. I made a quick salad, my mom and grandma made some appetizers, and we ordered a bunch of pizza from our favorite pizza place in Humble, Sarpino's.
Jeff told Sarpino's that the pizzas were for his wife's law school graduation, so they all came with lawyer jokes written on the boxes!
My parents brought this pretty cake!
When I thought about what to put on the chalkboard in our kitchen for the party, I knew immediately what it would be. I truly feel that it's only by the grace of God that I've made it through law school (and done really well too!), and I wanted the whole day to be kind of like one big long prayer of thanksgiving!
I had a great time just hanging out with all of my family. They're the ones who really got me through law school, so it was really nice to celebrate with everyone!
It was a great day. Goodbye, law school!!