I just received a graduation announcement from a friend and it made me realize that it has already been a year since I've graduated from BYU. Wow! Time has flown! When I think about my graduation days, I get really nostalgic remembering all my fun times as a Cougar. It was so much fun to be able to sit next to two of my closest friends at the general commencement and listen to Vice President Cheney speak as well as see sweet Gordon B. in person for the last time. I'll never forget the roaring cheer of graduates and their families when we saw Gordon B. walk into the Marriott Center. It was so funny, because everyone politely clapped for the Vice President, but as soon as we saw Gordon B. the crowd went nuts. I've never been able to cheer for Gordon B. before, since I've only ever seen him at conference or at a devotional. If I cheered at either of these events I would've gotten the boot. It was great to finally get to cheer!
The next day was great too, because it was my graduation from the School of Family Life. Throughout my time at BYU I was kind of frustrated, because I felt like I didn't have any close friends in my major. I had the expectation that on graduation day I would sit in a chair next to strangers, waiting to walk across the stage. Quite dramatic, I know. It was such a great feeling on graduation day to walk into the graduate waiting area and see dozens of people that I had had classes with over the past 4 years and realize that we had actually become good friends. Even though I only saw them in my classes, there was still a feeling of closeness and friendship. In contrast to my expectations of sitting next to strangers at graduation, I actually sat by a big groups of people I had become close with. It was a great way to end my years at BYU.