Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Graduate

She did it! Emily graduated from BYU-Idaho with a B.S. in Music. Here's how Thursday and Friday played out:

Graduation Banquet

Emily and her friends were asked to sing, so we received complimentary tickets. This event was hosted by the Alumni Association.

Dinner was delicious -- especially because I didn't have to cook! No, I
didn't eat the flower.

Emily and her quartet performed "The Lord's Prayer" (accompanied by the clinking of dinner dishes.)

BYU-Idaho's president, Kim B. Clark spoke about the power and influence of families.

Elder Neil L. Anderson, who had just been ordained as the newest member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles just eight hours before, spoke about the word "Commencement" and the significance of it's meaning "a new beginning."

The seeds we are planting today
will grow and become mighty oaks,
and their branches
will run all over the earth.
--Jacob Spori


Emily dawned her cap and gown and we ventured to the Eliza R. Snow Building for the College of Performing and Visual Arts graduation ceremony.  The "special performances" by graduates are always so entertaining in this College -- a string bass solo, a dance performance, and a dramatic reading. I wonder what they perform in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences? Hmmmm...

Quotable Quotes:  

Brother Jon Lindford (Associate Dean) in speaking of the "impractical" professional application of a career in the Arts, "If everyone chose the practical, what a dull world this would be!"

Roger G. Christensen (Assistant to the Commissioner of Education) quoting President Marion G. Romney, "While the Lord will magnify us in both subtle and dramatic ways, he can only guide our footsteps when we move our feet." 

The Awarding of Emily's Diploma

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