Thursday, June 4, 2020

#tbt Elissa's High School Graduation

Today, I wanted to do a quick #tbt post.  Tomorrow is the four year anniversary of when Elissa graduated from high school!  It's hard to believe that it's already been four years and that she's now finished with her college education as well.

Back in 2016, I wrote a quick post when Eliot and I were out in San Jose, California with his family celebrating Elissa's high school graduation.  I'd scheduled it to post ahead of time, so it didn't include anything from her actual graduation ceremony.  So today, I thought I'd share a few photos from the actual graduation day.

That morning, we arrived early so we'd get good seats.  Then, we attended the ceremony where we watched Elissa and her classmates get their diplomas.

After the ceremony concluded, there was a reception outside in the courtyard.  We mingled with everyone, ate some yummy food and took plenty of photos.

As you can see, Eliot and I wore Disney inspired outfits.  He wanted to wear his Pixar Hawaiian shirt, while I opted for a more subtle Mickey Mouse dress.  (You can see the pink Mickeys better in the sunlight photos!)

We took a few family pictures as well.  Yes, Eliot's Dad Rick has half his head, half his mustache and half his beard shaved.  2016 was the year the Sharks made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and Elissa's Graduation was right in the middle of the finals.  (In fact, we had been to Game 3 of the finals the night before this.)  Rick swore if they ever made the Stanley Cup Finals, that he'd shave half of his head as well as his usual half & half playoff beard.  He made good on his promise and everyone loved it!

Unfortunately, we don't have any photos from this year.  Like the rest of the Class of 2020, the University of New England had to alter their commencement plans.  As of right now, the actual ceremony has been postponed and there will be a virtual event instead.  Hopefully, at some point, the school will be able to welcome the Class of 2020 back to have an actual, in person ceremony.  For now, Eliot and I are celebrating Elissa's accomplishments from afar and remembering back to when we were all able to celebrate her high school graduation ceremony together.

Congratulations Elissa!  We're so proud of you!!!  °o°

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