Way back in 1987 someone was graduating from college, and quite a few friends and family managed to make it down for the ceremony.
1996 was one of our major transitional years. Elizabeth was accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington in Seattle, and graduated from the University of Minnesota with her BSN. We had a flurry of family events related to the massive move across the continent, including the third “Cousin’s Birthday Party” in Viking, a wedding, a Thrun/Southerton/Carlson/Saewyc photo shoot, and finally loading the clan into the Ford Festiva for the cross-country move. The oldest kid started high school on Kitsap peninsula, middle kid entered the Early Entrance Program at the UofWA, and Elizabeth and he got used to taking the ferry/bus to school.
The youngest just sort of rolled with it.
Today we are leaving for home again, having attended our grandbaby’s secondary school graduation. The last graduation we attended was in 2014; hard to believe it has been 4 years! (Also, it took 3 tries to get the focus right on this shot, and I am pretty pleased with the effect.)