Stew’s younger brother, Mason was dressed to the nines in his tux since he plays for the high school band. Both boys went ahead of us to the Thomas And Mack Center, a huge auditorium where many graduations are conducted this week. Weather was in the triple digits, typical for Las Vegas, and graduating ceremonies outside are out of the question.
Taking pictures in this immense room is difficult but they have television monitors just like they do for sports events which guarantees every person in the building gets to see the action and spot their own kid or grandson.
After the ceremony, the kids were glad to put aside their regalia and into casual clothing for dinner out with the family. We discussed the difficulty of managing a ceremony for such a huge class and the efficiency with which it was accomplished. The speeches were short and good. Green Valley High School is rated one of the best in the U.S. and graduates 91% of its students.
Stewart opened his gifts and cards. The most important words of wisdom I brought back to share from this event are these: “Don’t let any one tell you what you CAN’T do. Only you know all you CAN do.” It was an eighteen year-long journey and a new one is just beginning. Stewart, your family is proud of you and very happy. Congratulations.