It was a really great night, actually. I was a bit nervous leaving Erin with my friend Aubrey for so long during her normal bedtime (she was at Aubrey's from 5:30 to 9:30), but I'm so glad I did. It was so nice to not have to fight with her all evening and to just enjoy what was happening.
It's a good thing that the school is building a new auditorium because the Hart is just really not a good place for this sort of thing. The grads filled up the entire center floor, and most of the actual seats were reserved for faculty (and other "dignitaries") and the choir. So Nyssa and I ended up getting bench seats. It honestly wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't been pregnant. (my right foot was pretty swollen by the time we got home. I managed to avoid that with Erin. I guess I won't be so lucky with Baby Brother. Maybe it's just graduation stuff that does it?? After all, the swelling with Cora started when we went to Kim's senior recital!)
BUT it was really great to see Matt file in with his cap & gown, and read about what all the "stuff" on the robes and stoles of the faculty meant (to see who actually had a doctorate and who didn't. Pres. Uchtdorf has a doctorate in engineering, btw). Pres. Uchtdorf's address was really great. He spoke a lot about not being afraid of the future, and to not let our fears make our decisions for us, but rather depend on the Lord for His guidance. It was really good for me to hear that actually.(this is Pres. Clark [in red] standing next to Pres. Uchtdorf)
Then we trekked up to the Taylor building for convocation. It was a bit less formal than Commencement, and I got a soft seat (yay!) which was just perfect for video of the walking graduates. There was a point when a girl was going to walk in front of me, and I stood up and almost fell over, so that's why it gets shaky. In the video I also got our friends Brooke and Andrew also walking.
And then the picture to top it all off...