Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mark graduated last weekend from ASU with his MBA! We are so proud of him and all the hard work he put in to achieve this goal. I can't believe this chapter of our lives has finally come to an end. It is a little weird to have him come home after work and actually help out with little things like dishes, dinner, or playing with the girls.

His graduation was held at Wells Fargo Arena and was attended by about 4,000 people. Mark's parents came down from St. George and most of his siblings as well as a few nieces and nephews came to watch him graduate. My Grandparents also drove over from California to attend. A bagpipe band preceded the graduates playing the traditional commencement music. It was pretty cool because there were so many people and it was in the arena. Sophie keeps asking if we can go to graduation and see the "drums". I guess she really liked this first part. The rest of graduation she spent watching Princess and the Frog on Mark's Ipod and climbing all over everyone. Overall she was very well behaved though.

Then the band lined up at the front while the professors and faculty of the W.P. Carey school of business filed in and took their places.

Then came all the graduates. His commencement ceremony was just Masters graduates of the W.P. Carey school of business, with the bulk of the graduates getting MBA's.

Here's Mark walking across the stage. His name and picture were also on the big screens above (just like at basketball games)! We all cheered for him.

After graduation was over, we had a party for him at our house with the remaining family members. My grandparents had to return to California immediately following the ceremony--so we missed them. I decorated our great room and kitchen area in the ASU colors and we had a fun party with lots of yummy food to celebrate.

Don't worry...even though he is an official graduate from ASU we still are BYU fans at heart. We will always bleed blue!


Julie May 19, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

That's wonderful! Congratulations, Mark!!

Auralee May 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM  

That's awesome! Your pictures look great!

kathleener May 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

congratulations! it is soooo great when they're finally done w/school!

Tami H. May 19, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

awesome!! Way to go Mark and Maylene! I know you guys worked hard or this!

Robyn May 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

That is so great!!!! Congrats Mark! And congrats to you,'s a family effort!

Russ and Susan May 23, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

Wish we were there. Congratulations and thank you for posting this.

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