Last Wednesday, his parents, sister, and I drove up to JHU campus to watch him walk across the stage. What was supposed to be a nice, outdoor event turned into a standing-room only thing. The ceremony was supposed to be in Hopkins stadium, where we would sit on the bleachers and watch everyone walk across the stage, rain or shine. Then it started raining with the threat of storms so as we were leaving to go to the campus, Ben texted saying that it was moved indoors to the recreational center and it would be standing room only. I quickly changed from my sandals to some comfy wedges, thinking that if we were standing in the back, I'd at least have a better chance of seeing him over all the chairs if I was a few inches taller. Turns out he meant that everybody was standing and the only seats were for the professors and the Phd students. So when we arrived, we stood near the back and couldn't hear a thing or see a thing. We tried to pull up the live stream of the graduation and weren't able to. At least we had positioned ourselves near the food that would be available after the ceremony. After waiting for about an hour and fifteen minutes, his group was coming up in the program so we decided to push our way to the front. We were determined to see him walk across the stage! I ever so politely squeezed my way to the front so I could at least get some pictures while his family found gaps to look through to watch him walk. Once he was done, we returned back to our spot to wait for him and for the food. Only people started mobbing the food once it was over, not even letting the workers get the temporary fences out of the way! I was able to grab two meatballs and that was it. Needless to say, we hit up a Burger King on our way home for dinner. While it wasn't quite the ceremony we were hoping for, we did get to see Ben walk the stage, receive his diploma, and celebrate!
I took this picture from verrrrry far away, so please excuse the blurriness. It was hard to hold the camera still.
The graduates had to wait above the rec. center gym, on the track.
Waiting his turn! By now we had made our way to the front to see him.
So proud of my man!!!