Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zooming in on My Boy (ND Class of 2015)

My sweet, handsome, kind, intelligent, caring, thoughtful, youngest son (and no, by the way, I'm not the least bit biased!) graduated from the University of Notre Dame this past weekend.

My baby is a baby no longer.

I am still trying to come to grips with the fact that my husband and I are at the end of an era, and that our sons are all adults now; and I'm just not ready to write about it yet.  But I'd love to share some pictures of our newly-minted college graduate's big day with you.

The commencement ceremony was held in the football stadium at Our Lady's University.  My husband and I snagged a seat at about the 50-yard line, all the way up in the nosebleed section.  (In fact, we were as high up as you could go--which we thought was perfect, because it afforded us both shade and backrests!)

As far away as we were from our son, I was able to zoom my Nikon camera right in on him.  I got some great pictures of him processing into the stadium and sitting in his seat in the far left section, with fellow graduates of the #1-ranked Mendoza School of Business.
The rest of this post is an unapologetic photo dump.  My boy is the tall one with very short blond hair, a chiseled chin, and a smile that can light up the world.  (Again, no bias here.)
"Hi, Mom and Dad!"

"Woo hoo!"

"Hey, [junior year roommate], I found my parents!"

"No, not there.  Way up there, see?"


"Okay, Mom.  I've been a good sport.  But enough pictures."

Looking over his shoulder at me: "Yep, I see you, Mom.  Still up there snapping away."
Isn't it amazing how clearly I could see him all the way down there on the field, as long as I zoomed my camera and looked at him through the lens?

More to come soon, I promise.  But until then, enjoy this iconic shot we got after the graduation was over...


  1. Bittersweet for sure. I am glad you got to be there to celebrate with him. He clearly appreciates his biggest fans being there for him!!

    1. He is so sweet. He got home not too long ago, after driving all day (leaving South Bend at about 6:30 a.m. and arriving here at about 10:00 p.m.!). And one of the first things he did was to thank us for everything that we'd done for him to get him to this point. "I couldn't have done it without you guys," he said. :) Sigh...

  2. What great pictures ... and what a wonderful young man he is!! Love you