Danielle’s Graduation

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Graduation season is upon us and I would be remiss if I did not share the photos and recipes from our daughter’s college graduation.  Three years ago, around this time, our house was abuzz with excitement.  Our beautiful and brilliant daughter, Danielle, was preparing to graduate, Magna Cum Laude, from The Ohio State University.  She could see the light at the end of the tunnel, and four years of hard work and sacrifice were finally paying off.

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Our son Bobby, had recently enlisted in the Air Force, and had not been at his first duty assignment for very long when Danielle’s graduation day approached.  She didn’t think he would be allowed to take leave, and was very sad.  Mark and I knew it had been arranged and kept his arrival a secret from her (that was very hard).  When he called her from the airport, the night before graduation, she totally freaked out!

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Mark’s Mom and Dad came out from Rhode Island, to be part of the first college graduation in the family.  The commencement ceremony was held in Ohio Stadium-The Horseshoe- on a blistering hot (92°) day.  I felt so sorry for those kids wearing black robes in that heat, although we were pretty miserable, too.  We watched as Danielle and over 10,000 of her fellow graduates filed out of the stadium like ants at a picnic.

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The stadium was about 3/4 full that day

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There were over 10,000 graduates.  The names were not announced, and it still took over an hour for the graduates to receive their diplomas.  They were moving at a pretty good clip, too.

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Danielle got her tassel adjusted before accepting her diploma.

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Danielle is now employed as an educational aide to students with disabilities.  She is 2/3 of the way done with her Master’s program and will start student teaching sometime this Fall. I don’t know where the time went, it just seems like yesterday that she and I were at Ohio State for the requisite two-day parent/child indoctrination program before Danielle’s freshman year.

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I’ve included the menu, and you will see about half the recipes from that day on this website very soon.  The other items on the menu came straight out of a bag (chips, pretzels) or a box (Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix and Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix), although I did make the frostings from scratch.  We ordered sub and cookie platters from Subway®, and rounded out the menu with lots of fresh fruits, veggies, and cheese.  There was a ton of prep work involved in getting ready for Danielle’s party, but thankfully I had Mem and Pep to help me out with all the chopping and fixing, and the kiddos did the decorating. Enjoy!

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 Menu

Fresh Fruit Salad

Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip

Snyder’s of Hanover®  Pretzel Pieces

Fresh Mozzarella Cubes with Olive Selection

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa with Lime Tortilla Chips

Cheese Ball with Crackers

7 Layer Dip

Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Pasta Salad

Buckeyes

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Subway®  sub platters

Ohio State Butter Mints

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Subway®  cookie platter

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