Monday, May 16, 2011

2012 in 2011

The setting is

The occasion is the 121st Commencement at the University of Nevada, Reno. The star of the show:

Katherine Marie LeRoy Taylor! Our very own daughter! The third of our descendents to graduate from a four year university. The latest in a series of proud moments for our family. Yeah, and she's cute, too!

The ceremony began at 8:15 Saturday morning. Why so early? Because usually by noon the wind picks up, and everybody's mortarboard would have blown away. But the weather held beautifully for the entire event, with just enough chill in the air to keep everyone awake. (The very next day we had snow most of the day!)

For the class of 2011, UNR had 2012 graduates! And of those 2012 graduates, our Kathie was one of just eight "Senior Scholars" selected, due to her outstanding grade point average.

Oh heck, we bragged about that last time, didn't we. Well, we can brag all we want, 'cause this is our blog.

And because this is our blog, we'll show you a bunch of pictures of what went on in our corner of the world. And if you want to see more pictures, you'll find them at this Web Album.
The core four of our family: Suzy, Jerry, Kathie, Deb

The all-important decision -- placement of the lily on the cap.

Kathie with the man who made it all possible -- husband Shawn.
Deb, Kathie and Kat's friend Megan.

As Senior Scholar for the School of Journalism, Kathie was the standard bearer for the school during the Processional.
Just a face in the crowd?

Kat receives her diploma.

Kathie is congratulated by the University's new President, Marc Johnson.

Afterwards. Kat greets Shawn
Gets a kiss

And breaks into tears of success, relief, weariness, and joy.

Kat greets Natalie, her very best friend from high school days in Butte, MT.

And her grandson (our great grandson) Darren.
And then the day was over, we all drove down to Kathie and Shawn's home in Minden, NV, just south of Carson City, to relax and to celebrate. 

Looking back on the day!

Kathie and her oh-so-proud Mama!
So, that's it for today. We'll be back with some stuff about great grandson Darren, next time in ... Our Lfe on Wheels!


  1. What a wonderful day, and you should be proud of Kathie! You have a great family. Did I read that right, Kathie is Darren's grandmother? She looks really young, way too young to be a grandma. I'm glad you were there to enjoy her success (and her husband's, too.) I loved the photo of the tears, it was so real. :)

  2. Great post tonight, and my congrats to the graduate! You and Suzy must be exceedingly proud of her.

  3. Congrats to your beautiful daughter and her proud parents -- what an accomplishment!

  4. What a lovely recap of a spectacular day!

  5. Another milestone in the history of the LeRoy Family, you guys sure can be rightly proud of her, we have been lucky that 3 out of 4 of our boys were college graduates, and my niece Tammy was an honors graduate from Southeast Mo State. I will have to wait now till one of the Grandkid's graduates to attend another one. Hope I'm still here.You can see where all the beuaty is in the family in the shot of Mom & Daughter. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  6. Kathie looks like her mama...NEVER be reluctant to post family photos and brag...Family is where it all begins..That picture of her crying made me tear up...So much hard work and dedication pays off, eh?? I think you made a typo when you said she had a grandson...She looks so young!Congratulations, Mom and Dad...and especially to Kathie and family!!
    (FYI..I LOVE Reno!)

  7. Congratulations to all! Looks like it was a great day!

  8. Romans 12:15 says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." This time we are rejoicing with you!

  9. Always nice to read about an entire family turning out well. I join the growing list of fellow bloggers in my congratulations to you & your family. Good stuff guys:))

  10. Congrats to your whole family and especially to Kathie for all of her hard work and accomplishments. Nothing better than celebrating an achievement with your family. Nice pics of the proceedings!

  11. congrats to the graduate! It looks like everyone had a great day!

  12. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! And thank you Mom and Dad for traveling so far to be with me on my day. It was a fabulous celebration and I'm loving having you here with me!


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