Andy is graduated!

I’m actually fairly remiss here. Last weekend, Andy, my oldest son, graduated from U.Va. And somehow, I never posted. Congratulations Andy! Needless to say, we’re very proud. Also needless to say, it seems a bit strange to have my oldest no longer in college.

We had arranged for Andy and Kate (both of whom were students at UVA this past semester) to extend their stays in their dorm rooms through the graduation. As a result, Kate and Diana stayed in her dorm room, while Julie and I stayed with Andy in his. Andy’s room was not as cramped as you might think, as he had one bedroom in a suite of two rooms. Julie slept on the couch in the living room of the suite, while I slept in the other bedroom.

In order to show that though graduated he can still worry his parents, on Friday night Andy told us that he was heading over to the psychology department to work on some things that he’s going to be doing there over the summer. (Andy’s lined up a summer job at the university, one that shows promise of being extended into a full-time job past the summer.) He told us not to wait up for him.

At around five AM, I woke up. Andy was not in his room. Julie and I conferred, and around 6:00 AM I wandered over to Gilmer Hall, home of the psych department. The doors were locked, but I must have looked suspicious, trying to get into Gilmer, as the university police soon showed up. I explained that I was looking for my soon-to-graduate son, and that he was working all night before graduating in Gilmer Hall. (Yeah, right, I could see them thinking.) So the three of us wandered through Gilmer’s halls, looking for Andy. And all the while, I entertained a series of questions that left me with the realization of how little Andy tells us.

“Who is he working for?””Someone in the psych department.”


“I don’t know.”

“What office?”

“I don’t know.”

“Does he drink?”

“I don’t think so.”

“Does he have a girlfriend?”

“I don’t know.”

We never did find Andy. (Later, he claimed that he had been behind a locked door working in an office. I suppose I’ll have to trust him on this.)

Anyway, he’s graduated now, with a BS double-majoring in Computer Science and Psychology. Go enjoy some pictures of the occasion, on the web at:

You can recognize Andy easily. He’s the graduate wearing jeans and a t-shirt under his gown.

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