Last Sunday, my awesome sister, Julie, graduated from THE Ohio State University (yes, that is how you say it....). She received her Bachelors of Science in Human Ecology for Textiles and Clothing (which is a fancy way of saying interior design). I do believe this is what she was born to do. She.....is.....good! For an example of a room she redid in her house, click on this post here and scan down.
She has worked on getting her degree for the past 7 years while working as a nurses aid at the Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, which she hated but stayed on since the job paid for her school. She has seen some really tough times the last 7 years, even more so the last few months, but thanks to sheer determination, she made it! On Saturday, myself, our parents, my sister, Emily, my sister-in-law Melissa, and Julie's friend Cheryl, worked together to throw her a long awaited and much deserved graduation party.
She even had her dog, Spencer, ready for the big day (I couldn't get him to wake up for the photo opp). Our sister Emily also dressed her kids in OSU spirit.
Melissa, who is very talented at decorating cakes, made this awesome and delicious cake. (Buckeyes made by yours truly.....) See more samples of Melissa's work here.
We had one room set up with portfolio samples hanging on the walls for guests to view. I thought I got all the walls, but only found one picture, but you get the idea. I was very excited to be able to attend her graduation on Sunday afternoon with my parents! I was surprised that, even though it was autumn quarter, there was still about 2000 people graduating!! It was all in one ceremony with all PhD, Masters and Undergrads in all fields graduating together. Due to the size, only the PhD's were recognized by name. Everyone else was filed through a line to get their diplomas. Though it was an effort to stay awake during the ceremony, it was so truly good to be there and be a part of her moment. Thankfully, she attached a big yellow smiley face to the top of her cap to make herself easier to find.
(and, the guests seated around the stadium extended upwards still by two more sections! It was packed!)
There were just so many fun pictures, that I figured out finally how to do a collage and have them set up as a scrapblog. Play the image below to see them all. One interesting story: You will notice a picture at the party Saturday of Julie with her best friend since Kindergarten, Cheryl. Cheryl was expecting baby #2 in January. However, she was pre-eclamptic an would have to deliver early, though she was hoping to make it past Christmas. She kept trying to help clean up and I told her she needed to sit if she didn't want that baby to come too soon; however she kept helping. Early Sunday morning, her water broke and her baby girl, Reagan, was born healthy at 6 pounds!
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