Saturday, June 6, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
We are sitting in a sea of folding chairs on the lawn of
The band plays "Pomp and Circumstance," pairs of undergraduate girls (including granddaughter Kate) process down the center aisle carrying flower-covered arches which they raise ceremoniously, and the graduates pass one-by-one beneath the arches—each girl in a white gown carrying a single red rose, and each boy in a tuxedo with a white jacket, a red rose pinned to his lapel. Somehow no two girls have ever shown up in the same dress, or so they say.
Sunday Patrick's parents threw a big brunch celebration for family members from far and wide who came to congratulate him.
Patrick's graduation festivities were the centerpiece of our