Saturday morning Paul and I attended the one-hundred sixty-first commencement held on the beautiful campus of Ball State University in Muncie.
Our youngest grandson, Daniel James Risk graduated with academic honors -- summa-cum laude with a scholastic average of 4.0.
The ceremony for all students took place in the Arts Terrace at 10 a.m. The processional began with Ball State's ceremonial band playing Sir Edward Edgar's Pomp and Circumstance.
After ceremonial fanfare by David Lincicome, Class of 1991, the posting of colors by the United States Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Color Guard followed.
Jessica Berkey, Doctor of Arts Candidate, School of Music sang The National Anthem, beautifully.
Then, Provost King introduced the platform guests. The Medal of Distinction was presented to Kent C. "Oz" '59 BS, '94 LLD, University, and Community, State, and National Volunteer Leader.
Conferral of honorary degrees was presented to Marilyn K. Glick, Philanthropist and Supporter of the Arts.
Steve Kroft, an award-winning journalist and correspondent of CBS' 60 Minutes, a native of Kokomo was recognized by Ball State for his numerous contributions to journalism and helping fill the world's needs for important news and information.
Steve gave an interesting, informative and entertaining commencement address.
After the conferrals of doctoral, master's degrees, recognition of honors and conferral of undergraduate degrees, Jo Ann M. Gore President remarked.
Then, Alma Mater- Gladys Shindler Chrisman, Class of 1930 spoke, the Beneficence Concert March concluded the ceremony for all students.
At noon we could be found at the College of Communications Ceremony Fields Sport Building, Ball State Campus.
Again, we were treated to Edgar's "Pomp and Circumstances."
Roger M. Lavery, Dean and Professor of journalism presided over the exercises. and gave welcome introductions.
Special remarks were given by Mary Spillman Assistant Professor of Journalism followed by the presentation of the Class of 2011, included the recognition of those graduating with special honors and Master's and Baccalaureate Degree recipients.
After the presentation of the diplomas, Dean Lavery gave the concluding remarks.
Fan fare, by Jean Joseph Mourer lead the recessional.
Afterwards, many pictures were taken of Dan and the members of his proud family.
After the ceremonies, we went to Dan and Amber's apartment to rest and watch some great film work that Dan shared with us.
We enjoyed delicious snacks and light refreshments, provided by Amber and her mother.
Later, we headed out to our dining destination halfway between Castleton Square and the Fashion Mall, in Indianapolis.
We had dinner reservations at Sangiovese Ristorante (Italian).
The events of the day and the dining experience with our wonderful family ended all too soon and it was time to head home.
The rain stayed in the clouds, for the most part, until all was said and done, as so we thought. But, on the way home the clouds couldn't hold their load any longer.
When we reached Clay County we were in a downpour. Highway 40 was flooded with water.
I, in a hurry to fall out of that big van, left my umbrella in the back seat,in Brownsburg. We both dashed to the house and informed family and a happy little "Toot" of our safe arrival.
Today is Mother's Day and again I was blessed with messages of endearment from my girls, granddaughter Elizabeth Cory, in Virginia and my sister, Sandra.
Even little Tootie Mae gave me attention.
Now I must go. I have a lovely pineapple to pare. Pineapple upside down cake has been on my mind all day, but then; I dreamed about a Big Mac last night too.
Maybe it was the wine talking or the exceptionally good food that I enjoyed, a few hours before. Truth is, I haven't thought of a Big Mac in a long time.
I send my condolence to the family of Georgiana Graham Howald. Georgiana and I worked at Columbia Records together for a time back in the '60s. She was not only a co-worker, but a friend.
During those days, Georgiana transported me back and forth to work. She was kind and caring, witty, smart, well informed and full of wisdom. Georgiana Howald was a special lady. God Bless her.
I can be reached at 812-446-4852 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.