Friday, May 2, 2008

My Surprise Graduation Ceremony

Yesterday was Jon's last day of finals and I don't think there is a better way to celebrate the end of a semester then to have a big BBQ. Russell and Ginger had it at their house. We had four grills and a lot of food! We had barbecued ribs, baked potatoes, salad, soda, and dessert! There was so much food that we didn't even finish it all. It was so great to see the guys together and able to take a break after what was a long semester. I thought it was a time to get together and celebrate the end of the semester. However the was a little surprise in it for me :).

After we had all eaten I noticed the I had a cut on my leg that was bleeding. I went inside to wipe it off. When I got inside Ginger, Ellie, and Christy were all in the doorway looking as if I had just interrupted some important and private conversation. I tried not to think anything of it. I went to the bathroom wiped off my leg and left the house. As soon as I got back to where I was sitting on the picnic table the music began. Pomp and Circumstance playing loudly for all to hear. Ginger began to talk about how I was graduating but unable to go to the ceremony in Oregon so they were having one here for me!

Ellie helped me get my graduation cap on and I began to cry a bit. What awesome friends God has given me!! Ginger made an attempt at an inspirational speech and then presented me with the diploma she made (she even forged Dr. Lockwood and Dr. Stricklands' signatures). We took pictures and it was the best surprise graduation ceremony ever.

I am so thankful that God has been faithful enough to help me achieve something so amazing. I am also thankful that He has given me these three wonderful women to be my friends and make me feel incredibly special. I know that the night and the BBQ was for the guys, but I am glad that they were all able to share in the joy of my accomplishment. Praise the Lord for His incredible goodness and kindness that I know I don't deserve.


Finally a COLLEGE GRADUATE!!!

7 comments:

Lisa said...

This makes me so very happy!!!! What a blessing Jen! I love that you and I graduated the same year!

Ginger Mackey Moore said...

you deserved to be at the real graduation ceremony - ours was just a pathetic shadow of what you deserved, but we do love you and hope you feel really special because graduating is a BIG accomplishment and we are really proud!

Jennifer Newsham said...

I do feel special!! Thank You so much for making me a diploma and everything!! You are amazing. I do wish that I could be at the real ceremony, but having some kind of recognition helps me not to feel too bad about it. Thank you again friend.

Jen Sunseri Hollifield said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for and so glad that you have made such amazing friends!! God bless and enjoy the freedom of being done with school!!!!

Rheannon VanCleef said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you. I know what it feels like to have to hold off on graduation and I am sorry that you were not able to make it home for the "real" one, but I am very glad that you have such good friends down there that you were able to have your own little graduation!

Ellie Garrison said...

we ARE proud of you. I am glad that you felt special, there is nothing better than knowing that you are loved! I hope to be like you someday: Graduated.

The Newsham's said...

Jen: Thank you for the encouragement it does feel wonderful being done with school.

Rheannon: Thank you. It was hard to hold off on graduating, getting married makes it harder to finish school right away. I would have loved to make it home, but I am glad I get to be there for Kyle and Teresa's wedding instead. How much longer do you have until ... See Moreyou are done with school?

Ellie: Thank you, because I felt more special then I have in a while. I look forward to being able to hang out with you more. And I can't wait to be able to celebrate your graduation in the near future!!

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