Friday, May 27, 2011


Marshall finished his Associates Degree in Intel Studies months ago, but the graduation wasn't held until April.  I didn't realize what a big event it was, there were over 100 graduates!  We were one of only a handful of families there, and I was worried that Mav was going to disrupt the ceremony somehow, but he was great!  I know Marshall was excited to have us there, since most of the graduates didn't have anyone there except coworkers.  The guest speaker was a Chief who gave the requisite "This is not the end, this is only the beginning, keep striving to educate yourself" graduation speech.  He was not the best public speaker- but maybe he was nervous.  I just had high expectations for a Chief I guess.  Marshall's Commander came over and spoke to me for a while.  She is PCSing to Washington, D.C. and we talked for a while about our plans for our time in Germany.

The Banquest room of the Officer Club.  There were three times as many people behind me!

Mav stayed busy trying to get the label off of a water bottle.

The procession of graduates.  Nice Service Dress!

This is a bad photo, but I wanted to show it to you anyway.  First, there is a finger in the upper left hand corner!  Second, it is blurry, and there is a shadow above my head that makes it look like I poofed my hair.  And last- they just had to include sleeping Mav in his car seat that he doesn't fit in anymore!  Ah, good times!  LOL!

Marshall received the Pitsenbarger Award, which was given to Airmen who demonstrated leadership, citizenship, teamwork, community service, personal development, and dedication.  We are so proud!


adrienne_sakura said...

that's so exciting. and that picture is not that bad. just crop out the finger. and i didn't notice the shadow till i read your comment. and mav is always cute.
tell marshall we said congratulations! time to start the next thing...? ;)

Jessie said...

Congrats to you all! I bet being together in Korea seems even more right when you get to share moments like these.

Marshall McIntyre said...

It was just shy of 8 years after I graduated high school but I finally completed my 2-year degree! Hopefully within a year or so I should be able to finish my bachelor's degree. Technically I finished my Associates in 7 years, but I waited a year for the name of the degree to change and to make sure that I would have an actual graduation. Im very happy that Mary and Mav could make it!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Congrats! That's quite the achievement. It's nice that you were there to share the moment with him.

JennMac said...

So awesome you got to shair that special moment with him. By the way you look good in the picture I dont see a shadow and the finger just looks like some one tool a bite out of the corner