The Ruby Red of the University of Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena provided the backdrop for the graduation of the Black and Gold Bentonville Tiger class of 2014 on Saturday. Our oldest grand daughter was among the graduates. This year the senior class was 877 strong and earned $7.4 million in scholarships. The ceremony began at 8:45 a.m. because there was one or two more ceremonies to be held later that day.
It is a proud moment when your grand daughter walks across that platform and receives her diploma. Yes, that red tassel indicates that she graduated with honors. And yes, she earned a portion of that $7.4 million.
After the ceremony, family and friends met at our daughter's home for a celebration and refreshments.
Grand parents and parents alike were very proud of the next generation and we look forward to her next life adventure. She will be attending Quachita Baptist University and majoring in elementary education. She's going to be a great teacher. She's always had a knack for teaching kids. One Thanksgiving we had 31 family members at our home including 9 children under the age of 7, including our grand daughter. Before the day was over she had all of them on the back deck, sitting in front of a blackboard. They were playing school and she was the teacher. It's in her blood.
I think her favorite gift was this memory quilt that Nana made for her. It is a collection of her t-shirts, including soccer jerseys, church events and school functions. My wife cut out the squares, prepared them for quilting, cut and sewed the borders. She had the piece quilted locally, then finished the edge. It is a special piece that I know our grand daughter will enjoy for years to come. There are three more grand kids, so Nana may have more work to do.
By the end of the day our grand daughter admitted that her face hurt from smiling so much for photos. Still it was a wonderful day for the entire family. Congratulations my dear.