Yesterday was a huge day at our house. Kelly graduated from Burnsville High School with high Distinction & Honors. (Cumulative GPA of 3.9-4.0 through all 6 semesters).
Before the ceremony, we took a few family photos with Kelly out in the front yard in case of rain. Thankfully our neighbor was around to take a group shot for us. Thank you Gary!
The weather was iffy most of the day, so the principal decided to play it safe and hold the ceremony indoors. We were a little bummed about that because that meant it would be held in the gymnasium and we’ve heard from past graduates, that its super hot & sweaty in there. We’ll, we were pleasantly surprised as we entered. There was pretty piano music playing while everyone was finding their seats, it was bright inside, and the air conditioning was on and it felt very comfortable. We found our seats and waited for the graduates to walk in to the music of Pomp and Circumstance. That song always makes me teary.
After the grand march in, the concert choir sang The National Anthem. Some of the graduates, including Kelly, got up and walked to the upstair area to sing. They did a beautiful job and it sounded amazing.
There were 577 graduates this year and Kelly was ranked 23rd in her class. Pretty awesome job Kel! Being a Solberg meant that she had to sit near the back as well. Poor girl was in the 3rd row from the back and couldn’t really see anything due to her shortness as well. hehe…sorry Kel, think we had better seats.
We did try to take some pictures of her walking across the stage and receiving that diploma. Sorry for the blurriness, but I had to zoom in. I can tell you that she had a big smile while shaking hands and we hooted and hollered when they announced her name and she later told us that she heard us!
When all the names were announced, the superintendent and principal congratulated them all and up went the hats! One of my favorite parts of graduation ceremonies. Its so pretty to see them fly into the air and hear the cheering from all the students below.
It was time to follow Kelly around to take photos with some of good friends. She & Allie are best buds and we love when she comes over they hang out together. Allie is going to be a pilot, so maybe we’ll get some perks someday. ha~
Greg has been Kelly’s best ‘guy friend’ since 10th grade. They help each other out with homework nightly. They have formed a wonderful friendship that every girl needs. Ryan is Kelly’s boyfriend and they spend a lot of time together in the theater and onstage. They have lots of fun together and I’m sure we’ll hang out most of the summer.
We took some indoors and outdoors. It never did rain, so out we went to the football field on a gorgeous evening and had some fun.
I never did cry last night, but sitting down and writing this blog is really making me teary. I guess sometimes its the day after when it all hits you. Nate and I are so proud of Kelly and how hard she worked throughout these high school years. She’s met some wonderful friends, hung on to some of the old ones, and we’re hoping she makes some new friends at UMD as well.
Here’s to new beginnings and new chapters! Congratulations Kelly! We love you!!