May 1 & 2, 2014
Master of Education
Department of Education - Culture and Society
I'm so grateful for Noke's humble devotion to our family and I am so grateful for so many awesome family members and friends who have made this experience at the U such a fun, rewarding, wonderful time for our whole family!
Here we all are heading into commencement. I'm mainly posting this first picture because I look thinner than I actually am. Thanks Junior for blocking some of me, lol.
Junior lasted about 15 minutes which wasn't bad considering. At least we got to see Noke walk in dressed in all his snazzy regalia.
We spent the remainder of the ceremony playing outside and eating kid snacks out of Amalani's backpack.
The Pututaus came, with their two future Utes...
And some from the Hafoka side...
Convocation was the next day at Kingsbury hall. I went in long enough to see Noke on stage then I joined the kids who were happy to be outside.
Amalani was super excited to see her dad and give him a lei. She waited in this spot watching people coming out the doors for 10 minutes. I got a little emotional when she finally saw him.
The last push to get school done was a absolutely a group effort and took a major toll on us all. After what seemed like about a month of bad sleeping schedules for the kids and no sleep for us and bad eating and little housekeeping, it was such a relief to be done! I felt like I was graduating, lol!
The week or so before graduation ceremonies, classes were over and we stayed home and recouped. Graduation was a little anticlimactic as it always seems to be. Celebration was a small family dinner at Dee's in Glendale during which both kids were knocked out on the seat in our booth. Perfect. Next up hopefully, PHD. Woohoo!