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My Sister Debi’s Associate of Arts Graduation Ceremony

Proud Brother
Proud Brother
Today we are so proud of my sister Debi for graduating from the University of Phoenix with her Associate of Arts degree. She’s already working on her Bachelor of Arts next!
The graduation took place in the Wells Fargo Theatre that is located in downtown Denver.

Debi's Graduation Ceremony Took Place at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver
Debi’s Graduation Ceremony Took Place at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Denver

Outside of the venue was a very large sculpture of a big blue bear trying to get into the theatre. There is a Big Blue Bear Cafe inside.

A Giant Blue Bear Is Outside Looking Into the Theatre
A Giant Blue Bear Is Outside Looking Into the Theatre
Looking at the Giant Blue Bear from Inside the Theatre
Looking at the Giant Blue Bear from Inside the Theatre

We were WAY up in the nose-bleed section of the theatre so it was very difficult to hold the camera still enough to get good pictures from that far away but thankfully the zoom on my camera is decent enough to at least try it. I did a little bit better with the video.

The Faculty of the University of Phoenix
The Faculty of the University of Phoenix
One of the Speakers at Debi's Graduation Ceremony
One of the Speakers at Debi’s Graduation Ceremony

So I wish this picture had come out a bit better. Each student got their picture professionally taken in front of a University of Phoenix background screen. Then after this they walked up onto the stage and handed the speaker a card with their name on it (I assume) then the speaker would read their name into the PA system while they walked over and received their diploma from another member of the faculty.

Debi Getting Her Picture Taken Before Going Onstage
Debi Getting Her Picture Taken Before Going Onstage

So once the ceremony was over and we finally all found each other out in the lobby of the theater we took some happy family photos to remember the occasion. We were all very proud of Debi.

Debi and Mom Cutting Up
Debi and Mom Cutting Up
Debi and Mom After the Ceremony
Debi and Mom After the Ceremony
Debi and Mom Looking Cute
Debi and Mom Looking Cute
Debi and Bev After The Ceremony
Debi and Bev After The Ceremony
Debi and Bev Cutting Up
Debi and Bev Cutting Up
Ken and Debi After the Ceremony
Ken and Debi After the Ceremony
Ed, Debi and Mary-Lauren After the Ceremony
Ed, Debi and Mary-Lauren After the Ceremony
Ed, Debi and Mary-Lauren Showing Some Affection
Ed, Debi and Mary-Lauren Showing Some Affection

Abbie is Debi’s neighbor and friend who came with us to the ceremony.

Abbie, Deb and Zack After the Ceremony
Abbie, Deb and Zack After the Ceremony
Abbie, Deb and Zack Cutting Up
Abbie, Deb and Zack Cutting Up

After this Mom, Debi, Bev and I went back to Castle Rock and enjoyed lunch at Applebee’s while Zack, Ed, and Mary-Lauren went to help Casey and Melissa prepare for her move the following day. Abbie went to visit her friend. Later Casey generously treated all of us, including Ed’s friend to a very nice dinner at the restaurant in the Denver Aquarium. (And I forgot to take any pictures there! Even of the mermaids!)

Here is some video of the students filing into the theater at the very beginning of the ceremony…

And here is some video of Debi as she goes onstage to receive her AA degree. Zack was obviously very proud. And I’m proud of Zack for that!

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  1. Thank you so much Ken! I cried watching the videos! WOW! Thank you everyone for coming to my graduation! Bachelors will be in 2014, and Masters will be at Oxford University, England (Lord willing and the creek , or rather pond, don’t dry! lol!) in 2016! WHOO HOO! Blessing to all~