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“Oh, The Places You’ll Go…”

“You’re off toย 

great places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain

is waiting so…

Get on your way!

–Dr. Seuss

 

It never ceases to amaze me how the older I get, the faster time seems to fly by. Four years ago I was blessed to watch my oldest son graduate as valedictorian and share in his excitement as he was not only accepted into an Ivy League school, but received a four year scholarship!!

As a mom I had always dreamed of the day I would get to take my son to freshman move in and his little brother and I made the trek across the country to help him get settled into his dorm. We were all in awe of the beautiful campus which quite honestly still looks like Hogwarts to me! ๐Ÿ™‚ As our cab drove away I watched thru the back window as he waved goodbye and my eyes filled with tears. No longer my little boy… this was the start to his own life, his own dreams… ย I said a silent prayer asking the Lord to watch over him and bring him happiness and joy.

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Now, four short years later, I traveled back to this absolutely stunning and beautiful campus. This time thrilled to be going to see my son receive his hard earned Ivy League degree, his little brother and I once more made that trip across the country…

Boo ran straight into his big brothers arms the moment we saw him! After a big hug my son came and grabbed me up in a giant hug too! Long gone is the young kid who started out his life 4 years ago and now I look up at a 22 year old man who has the world in front of him…

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We were blessed to arrive a day before the ceremonies ย so my oldest gave us a fun tour of the campus! We visited his favorite places on campus such as the Chapel he attends Mass and the library he works at.

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Boo was thrilled when big brother took us to The Dairy Bar where Cornell sells their own brand of ice-cream made right on campus! I adored seeing the original crystal ball the Wicked Witch of the West used in The Wizard of Oz!

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There were 2 days for graduation…

The first day was the Commencement Recognition ย Ceremony where I had the joy of watching my son walk across the stage and be awarded his diploma… It was a beautiful ceremony and I’m so grateful Boo and I could attend this and share this moment with him!

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Soon after this we headed across the street to Schoellkopf Stadium to gather with our graduates and listen to the Commencement speakers… We were so blessed to have Ava DuVernay as our key speaker! She is a film director, producer, and screenwriter. (She directed the 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time) Her speech was not only lovely, but powerful. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to hear her speak and I can’t help but think that her words to these graduates of 2018 apply to us all… “Live as the director of your own story….”

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The next day was the 150th University Commencement!!! Excitement was in the air even as rainclouds poured down on us! ๐Ÿ™‚ The rain didn’t stop our smiles or joy as we watched this graduation class march onto the field and prepare to have their lives changed forever…

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The rain mixed with my tears of joy as I heard the University President announce the commencement of my sons class and I felt so proud of him!

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So…. I am now mom to an Ivy League graduate… At 22 years young, the world is his to explore and discover. These past four years ย slipped by so quickly and yet now I can’t wait to see what the next four years bring….

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I’d love to hear from my readers– What happy memories do you hold from your own High School or College graduations…

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302 Comments

  1. Sheralyn

    That was beautiful! Congratulations to David and Kudos to you Shell! Youโ€™ve put your whole heart into raising your sons and I admire you more than I can say!

    1. Aww thank you so much Sheralyn! I admire you so much too!! Having you,Adrian, Zach and Timmy in our lives has been such a blessing…. family is not always the one you are born into, but the one you make in your heart…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Live as the director of your own story.. what a great quote and a rule to live by. We tend to forget that we are in charge of our own lives ha? Amazing location, gorgeous campus!

    1. Hi Chelf! I adored that quote too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Awwwww I can imagine as a mom how proud this moment must be and the sense of accomplishment must be great. All the best to your son for all future endeavors.

    1. Thank you Vyom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congratulations to your son first of all and thanks for giving me an inside scoop on Cornell. But now lets get down to business the original crystal ball from the Wizard of OZ….Ahhhh can you say amazing. I would have loved to see that. I’m a huge fan of the film.

    1. Hi Cia! It was truly amazing to be able to see this piece of cinematic history! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. They have their own ice cream? That is so incredibly cool. I think that would need to be a daily stop for me had I attended there! That library was impressively cool. That seems like the most pleasant place to get lost in the books. Congratulations momma you must be oh so proud!

    1. Aww thanks so much Danielle!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Omg congrats to your family! This is such a huge accomplishment and it must be so exciting for your entire family! Wishing him the best of luck!
    xx Jen

    1. Thanks Jenny! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Such a touching post. As a mom of 4 little ones this moment feels so far off, yet I know it will be upon me sooner than I can imagine. Congratulations to your son!

    1. Thank you Nicole! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. You must be so proud! That looks like such a beautiful campus to visit. Graduation day is such a wonderful celebration of a achievement ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Suzanne! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Elizabeth O

    Congratulations to your son on his graduation. How awesome! It looked like you had such a good time exploring his campus and those libraries look amazing! You must be so very proud.

    1. Hi Elizabeth! We had a lovely time exploring he beautiful campus!

  10. Linh

    You must be really proud of your son. 4 years of hardwork has been paid off. Congratulations on his graduation!

    1. Thanks so much Linh!

  11. Linh

    You must be really proud of your son. 4 years of hardwork have finally been paid off. Congratulations on his graduation!

    1. Thanks so much Linh! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. What a lovely day for you all and congratulations to your son. I would love to see the Wizard of Oz ball. I’m going to use that quote in my journaling too.

    1. Hi Kerry! It was so amazing to see and honestly I was in awe of the technology they used in this movie way back in 1939!!

  13. Kristin

    Congratulations you you and your son! I love your photos. My son has one more year at Cornell Law School. Such a beautiful campus to visit.

    1. Hi Kristin! Congrats to your son too!!! That is such a wonderful accomplishment! You must be so proud!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Wow! What a proud moment for your family. Thank you for sharing it with us

    1. Thank you so much Meghna! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Stephanie

    Congratulations! I can only imagine how proud you must be. That is a beautiful library. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! yes… I wanted to move into that library LOL!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. It’s always amazing when a member of your family reaches a big goal like this. It was a good reading, different from the ones I usually read but a great one. Well done, to both ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks Paolo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Oh wow mama I can’t even begin to imagine how PROUD you must be of him!!! That is such an amazing achievement and one I hope I can come close to with my own son! What a gorgeous school…I don’t know that I’d want to leave!!

    1. Thanks Ayana!! This school is absolutely stunning! I never wanted to leave!

  18. Congratulations to your son and I wish him the best of luck! I graduated with my B.S. four years ago and I honestly can’t believe that the life I am living is mine sometimes. He has so many wonderful experiences to come!

    1. Thanks Katie! And congratulations on getting your B.S. too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Marcie

    Oh what an accomplishment for your whole family! I bet that was so exciting! Congrats!

    1. Thanks Marcie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Congratulations! You must be a very proud mom. That school is so beautiful! And you’re right, it totally looks like Hogwarts.

    1. Thank you so much Melanie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Wow what a beautiful moment. I can only imagine what this feels like. You must be so proud of him!

    1. Thanks Lara!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. What a wonderful story to read. My children are not old enough for college but it sure does feel like they are growing so fast! Sometimes it feels like there is a time thief, lol. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Your so welcome Cas! Time does fly by and I don’t know where the years have gone so quickly…. enjoy every single moment… ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Congrats to your son on his graduation! You must be so proud. I love how happy he was to show his little bro around campus.

    1. Thank you Tiffany!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Aw, what a lovely post! Congratulations to your son and also to you for having raised such amazing boys! All the best for you!

    1. Aww thanks Nati! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Congrats on your son’s graduation! So many good times lie ahead!

    1. Thanks Emily! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Wow !! It is very nice to hear that your child is doing such an amazing achievements in his life in this short span of time. Parents always feel joyous whenever their kids do such thing. I can remember my mother’s happiness knew ni bounds when I had got my first job. I can relate her emotions and happiness with yours this time.. โ˜บโ˜บ

    1. Aww thank you so much Jagriti! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Oh Mom, this was wonderful! I love what you did with all the pictures, and it was such a pleasure to have you here on campus for the big day.

    1. Hello Son!!! It was such a joy for your little brother and I to be able to share this wonderful milestone with you…. Watching you so tall and poised…. accepting that piece of paper that will change your life is a moment I will never ever forget… I am proud of you for more than a piece of paper though….I am proud of the young man you have become…. Always stand true, always be just and always find kindness for those around you… Love, Mama

  28. Adepoju Grace

    As I read through this post, I just kept saying Woah, Woah! In my mind. You’re so blessed to have such brilliant children. May God bless your family

    1. Thank you so much Adepoju!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. What a great accomplishment!! And I could totally live in that library!!

    1. Hi Kelli! Me too!! I adore that library!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Aww huge congratulations to you all, you must be super proud! The university looks absolutely gorgeous, I can see what a pleasure it must be to study there surrounded by so much greenery and beautiful buildings!

    1. Hi Ithfifi! It truly is a beautiful and relaxing setting!

  31. Looks awesome and congratulations to your family! It’s always festive around this time with graduation.

    1. Thanks Claire! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. This is so amazing! I will just bawl when my sons go off to college, but I know it’ll be bittersweet. Can’t wait to visit them on campus someday.

    1. Hi Britney! I cried so much when I dropped him off 4 years ago ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. This definitely looks like an absolutely beautiful campus.

    1. Thanks Sarah! It is such a gorgeous campus!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Congratulations, you must be sooooooo incredibly proud of him and you’re right the campus does look like Hogwarts. All those old buildings, so magical. I honestly can’t remember my graduation day, too long ago LOL, but my son will be graduating next years, if all goes well, and I get all teary eyed just thinking about it. Congrats once again, that really is a super achievement

    1. Thanks so much Michelle!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. WOW congrats on the graduation! I have never been to Cornell, looks like a really beautiful campus with alot of history.

    1. Thanks Noelle! It is such an amazing property with so much history! ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Kansas Bonanno

    Wow big Congrats to your son, time is flying. My oldest daughter just graduated Kindergarten this week.

    1. Aww… Kindergarten is such a sweet time…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Congrats to your son on his big day! What an amazing accomplishment. I wish him the best!

    1. Aww thanks so much Nicole!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Wow, this is awesome! Congratulations!
    They grow up so fast, you now have a college graduate. Cheers!

    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. As graduation is such a fun time especially when it’s family. I remember both my undergraduate and postgraduate like it was yesterday x

    1. Thanks Melanie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. AWWWW SO MANY AMAZING MEMORIES!!! And way more to come, just you wait! ๐Ÿ™‚ !

    1. Thanks Gigi!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Congratulations to your son on graduating college and receiving that 4 year scholarship. I am sure that was a big relief to you. That is such a beautiful campus too!!

    1. Thanks Jessica! Yes as a single mama there was no way I could ever begin to help him with tuition for Ivy League… We were so blessed to have him be awarded this scholarship…

  42. These are some precious moments to cherish through out life!
    All the best to him!

    1. Thanks so much Indrani! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Wow congratulations! Cornell is such an awesome school and at only 22 the world is his oyster! I bet you are one proud mama! <3

    1. Hi Emily!!! I am so proud of him!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Ada

    Omg this is so sweet! You really love your boys! Congrats to him and you! I’m sure your hard work and his hard work have paid off!

    1. Aww thanks so much Ada!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. so many beautiful places in the world, it is simply at our hands and our choice how and when and where we will go. Thanks for sharing the great post

    1. Thank you Angie!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Congratulations, mama you must be so proud. Pass on my congratulations to your son that is quite an accomplishment! Your photos are beautiful both of your family and the school buildings. I love historical buildings. I was over the moon excited just to have my son get a local college diploma and my daughter going through her RN degree at 31.

    1. Thank you so much Gladys! You must be so proud of your children! Seeing our kiddos achieve their goals is so wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Waren

    Awww… you must be very very proud. Iโ€™ve been working on making my parents proud and I hope they are now that I am already a professional nurse.

    1. Thank you Waren! I’m sure you parents must be so proud of you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Congratulations to your elder son on his graduation. Love that the brothers are so close. One of those library pics is so stunning!

    1. Aww thanks so much Doreen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Congratulation to your son, four years of hard work paid off ๐Ÿ™‚ you must be very proud of him ๐Ÿ™‚ certainly a beautiful campus ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Nina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Awww, what a proud mama moment this must have been! It is so great that you supported your children through this journey, they will be so thankful for it later.

    1. Thanks Crystal!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. What a beautiful post! How time flies! Congrats to your son and good luck on his new adventures and his life ahead!

    1. Thank you so much Kelsey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Kim

    I loved college so much and I can’t wait for my kids to experience it. But I know I’ll break down when I’m leaving them at school! I got teary eyed just reading your experience! Congrats to you and your son!!

    1. Aww thanks so much Kim!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. Congratulations! That’s incredible news. I always love seeing the adventures you havewith your boys,

    1. Thanks so much Addison! It means so much to me that you enjoy reading my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Karla

    Congratulations to your son and to you. I know my mom pushed me when I thought I wouldn’t make it. It’s such a great accomplishment.

    1. Thanks Karla! ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Your pride for your sons accomplishments shines through your post. I’m sure it was a moment that won’t be forgotten for any of you.

    1. Thank you very much Cindy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Marjie Mare

    You must be a proud momma, congratulations. I feel the same way as you, I close my eyes and my daughter is 21 and she’s graduating next year.
    Once again, congratulations on raising an IVY league graduate! The sky is his limits!

    1. Aww thanks so much Marjie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. That’s a great accomplishment! And the campus looks absolutely amazing:)

    1. Thank you so much Karolina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Beautiful campus and gorgeous library.

    1. Hi Kemi! I adore that library so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. Congrats, that’s so exciting and looks like it was a wonderful day to celebrate graduation. Loving the photos and that you shared this special day with us!

    1. Hi Brandy! Thanks so much for stopping by to read our memories! ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Congrats to your son and good job for raising such a fine young man! That campus looks really beautiful.

    1. Thank you Phoebe! ๐Ÿ™‚

  61. Congrats! My parents sat through 2 college graduations for me (under grad and grad school) and they were so proud of my accomplishments. I know you feel similarly and have done a great job raising both of your boys. Nothing but the best to you, Shell. <3

    1. Aww thanks so very much Danielle! ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Congratulations to your son for graduating and hats off to the proud mom as well!! What a wonderful milestone shared by the whole family! Wishing him the best as he moves forward in his career!

    1. Thank you so much Stephanie!

  63. This looks like one amazing time! Many congrats! I love looking through the photos and seeing those smiling faces!

    1. Thank you so much Brandi! We had such a lovely time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Tonya Michelle

    Congratulations to you and your family!! What a beautiful campus! I can just imagine the day I will do this with my daughter.

    1. Aww thank you Tonya! ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. That Dr. Suess quote is one of my very favorites. It pertains to so many times in our lives. Huge Congratulations to your son, you must be so proud.

    1. Hi Jessica! That’s one of my all time favorite quotes too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. That is a great milestone! Wonderful moment for your family. Congrats!

    1. Thanks so much Cristina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. I agree time flies super fast as you get older. Congratulations what a proud moment!

    1. Thank you Sandy!

  68. wow what a gorgeous campus this is! a friend of mine just went there for a tour sand said almost the same things! how wonderful!

    1. Thanks Cait!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Congrats to your son on growing up and becoming a man with a whole future ahead of him. And he sounds like such a great good brother. I really would love seeing that crystal ball from the Wizard of Oz too.

    1. Aww thanks so much David! Ya I thought that was totally awesome to see too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  70. Vivian

    So fabulous to read about your son’s amazing success! Congratulations to him! It’s a lovely campus indeed~

    1. Thanks Vivian! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. This is so great – congratulations to your son and you!! I’m sure you’ve had so many proud mom moments watching your son go through school and graduate from an Ivy league! Looks like your family had a great time at the graduation.

    1. Hi Emily! We had a fabulous time on our visit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Congrats on his amazing accomplishment. You’re a proud Mama!

    1. Thanks Mary!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Geraline Batarra

    This is such a great personal story and I admire you that you raise a good, intelligent and independent man like your son. Congratulations to the both you!

    1. Thanks so much Geraline! ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. I don’t remember too much. I remember thinking how hollow it felt.

    1. Hi Rachel…. I’m sorry it was not a happy memory for you…

  75. That is a great achievement to graduate from a such a great school. He’ll go far because he graduated from a great school.

  76. It does look like Hogwarts and I love it! This is such a wonderful achievement for your whole family and congratulations to your Son! The Little Brother looks so happy!!

    1. Thank you Bea!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Sam

    Congrats to your son on his graduation! Cornell looks like a beautiful campus! Thatโ€™s so awesome that the commencement speaker was Ava Duvernay. It rained during my college graduation too. I had already walked across the stage and had been back in my seat a while before it rained. It was still a wonderful day!

    1. Thanks so much Sam! Ava was such a joy to listen to! It was an honor to be there!

  78. Vasundhra

    It must have been such a proud moment for you and your family! Congratulations and wishing your son best of luck in all his future endeavours!

    1. Thank you Vasundhra!

  79. What a lovely campus! I miss being in college. Life seemed easy then, haha

    1. Hi Madelain! So true… I think back to when I was 22 and life was so much simpler then ๐Ÿ™‚

  80. Chastity

    That is awesome, congrats to you and your son. Itโ€™s such a wonderful feeling to see when your child is doing well. My memory would actually be the same being the first to graduate college. Itโ€™s exciting and so worth the experience, best of luck to him and your family!

    1. Thanks so much Chastity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Wow congratulations to your son for a job well done. Graduation is certainly a great milestone and marks a crucial beginning of what life ahead. And to graduate from a Uni like this must be a privilege and an honor.

    1. Thanks so much Mitch! ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Looks like an incredible journey and how awesome that you could share the big moments together – that’s what good memories are made of – knowing that your family was there with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Pooja! ๐Ÿ™‚

  83. Shubhada Bhide

    Congratulations to your son on his graduation. That is a huge achievement. and you all really enjoy your family adventure.

    1. Thank you Shubhada! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Oh ma’am! This sounds very awesome. Having your son scoop an awesome diploma at Cornell, an Ivy League that almost everyone is dying for is no joke! What any parent would feel proud of. And we congratulate him so much.

    1. Aww thanks so very much Dalene!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Congrats to your son! You must be one proud mom! Graduation is always such a bittersweet time. It’s exciting to be done, however there’s just nothing like being in college. I do miss my friends and all the places we would go together. I miss being on campus.

    1. Thanks so much Nina! …and thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. Donyell

    Wow, congratulations to your son!! I know you are a proud momma!! My daughter is only 2 so I have a long way to go until then but I’m sure it will come faster than I expect!

    1. Thank you Donyell! ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. Very nice. I am pretty sure you are feeling very proud right now. All the best to your son and all his future endeavours.

    1. Thanks Sue! ๐Ÿ™‚

  88. What a great accomplishment. I am sure you were so proud as a mom to be there and watch him graduate!

    1. Thank you Holly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  89. Dogvills

    Congratulations to you and your son! I felt the same way too when my children all graduated from university. Isn’t it a great feeling – to be able to give your kids their wings to go and reach for their dreams!

    1. Hi! It is absolutely the best feeling in the world! ๐Ÿ™‚

  90. What a fun and beautiful tribute to a beautiful moment in your family!
    And that library…oh my goodness! My jaw dropped. Just stunning!

    1. Thanks Dionne! I love that library SO much! It is breathtaking!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Jennifer Prince

    Aw! Many congratulations. What a milestone for sure. And the best of luck in what is in store next!

    1. Thanks Jennifer!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Nancy

    Congratulations are in order. 1st – To you for doing a great job with your boys.
    2nd – To your son for achieving this milestone! Beautiful pics too.

    1. Aww thank you so much Nancy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  93. Beautiful photos! Graduation is always so emotional! I remember mine! Beautiful ceremony! Congrats to your son!

    1. Aww thanks so much Corinne!

  94. How amazing! I wish your son all the best in his future! It’s so lovely you got to go and share this momentous occasion with your family!

    1. Thanks Chandler!

  95. Many congratulations to your son, he had done so well.You must be so proud of him and rightly so as he has achieved great results.

    1. Thank you Nayna!:)

  96. such a touching and well written post! Congratulations on your son getting into an Ivy League school and with scholarship as well! You must be so proud! Canโ€™t wait to see what the next 4 year brings! X

    1. Thank you Nita! ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. Great pics! Congrats to your son !

  98. Congratulations to your family! What a wonderful accomplishment!

    1. Thanks Kirsten! ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Lauren

    OH wow mama!! Congratulations to him. What a great accomplishment.

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! ๐Ÿ™‚

  100. Wow moments of the life! Wish him all the very best and be blessed with a successful, fulfilling, happy feature

    1. Thank you Rishi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. WOW!! I bet you are one proud momma!!! What amazing news. I graduated last month I saw how proud my momma was and seeing the look on her face is unforgettable!!

    1. Hi Dominique!!! Congratulations on our recent graduation!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Congratulations to you and your family! That’s an amazing achievement. I can imagine how proud you must feel. You did good ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Tanvi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. You know I always hear Moms say it happens in the blink of an eye. I swear my 3rd grader grew up in a blink of an eye. I can only imagine what it will be like when he is graduating and heading off to college!!

    1. Hi Liz! It sure does…. I hold onto every memory … ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. Jen

    What a proud mama moment! Congratulations! I had no idea the Cornell campus was so beautiful! I loved seeing all your beautiful pictures and hearing about your exciting weekend!

    1. Aww thanks so much Jen!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  105. Congratulations, that’s a wonderful achievement, you must be so proud! I also have to concur with you about how fast time goes by, wow!

    1. Thanks so much Christopher!

  106. blair villanueva

    Congratulations to you and to your family! Ivy league wow with full scholarship! You got it and keep on reaching many goals!

    1. Thanks Blair! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Blair villanueva

        You did a great job too for raising them well. You deserve an award too and lots of pampering!

        1. Aww thank you so very much Blair!!

  107. Preet

    This looks like a great place to visit. Will definitely go there with the whole fam. Truly a bucket list material

    1. Hi Preet! It is definitely a beautiful campus! ๐Ÿ™‚

  108. This looked like a fun trip, One of my favourite movies growing up was Wizard of Oz as well it never gets old.

    1. Hi Janella! It’s one of my favorite movies too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  109. Wow, what a treat to have Ava as the keynote speaker! Congratulations to your son on his graduation!

    1. Thanks so much Patranila! Yes I felt so honored to hear this amazing woman speak to us!

  110. Life has a really funny way of taking us near and far. I really need to go on a new trip sometime soon.

    1. Hi Sara! I love traveling too! Already planning our next trip! ๐Ÿ™‚

  111. Congrats on your son’s graduation! It looks like you had a great family time. I love your pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Natalia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  112. My oldest just finished his freshman year in high school . I have done so much reflecting as we embark on college visits ! It truly goes by too fast ! Thank you for sharing ! I try to embrace each new season and sometimes it is hard !

    1. Hi Rebecca! Sometimes it’s hard to embrace the changes but each new season of life brings such amazing blessings! ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. What a campus!!! It looks like your son had an amazing time at Cornell. The library alone is stunning and, I’m sure, an invaluable resource. Congratulations to your son!

    1. Thanks Lalia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. Hannah Marie

    You must have been very proud. And I am teary eyed while reading your blog. I always have a soft spot for things like this.

    1. Aww thank you so much Hannah!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. What a gorgeous campus – looks beautiful in the sun. Some lovely graduation memories, you must have been so proud!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! ๐Ÿ™‚

  116. As a high school junior, I know how it’s hard to get into Ivy League. I really admire your son, and you as a mom! I think you all have done a great job! Congratulations!

    1. Thanks so much Hieu! I wish you the best of luck in your future and much happiness! ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. Congrats to your son. what an incredible accomplishment! You have to be so proud!

    1. Thank you Christie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. It is gorgeous campus, and what an accomplishment for your son! I can see that you are very proud of him, and rightly so! Wishing him the best for the next phase of his life.

    1. Aww thanks so very much Karla!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  119. Ana Ojha

    This must be so proud moment for your son as well you as his mom! I wish him all the success in his future endeavors!

    1. Thank you so much Ana! ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Wow congrats to your son! They do grow up so fast don’t they. You must be a proud mama! Also, the campus looks glorious

    1. Thanks Lees! It is such a beautiful campus!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  121. aw massive congratulations to him! wish him all the best. I’m not too familiar with university graduations in the US, is it generally ran over 2 days?

    1. Hi Nicol! I’ve never been to a University Graduation that was spread over two days before… They have always been on one day…

  122. Ohh how I love Dr. Suess! Congratulations that looks like a beautiful collage!

    1. Thank you so much Sarah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. Such an amazing story. Congrats to your son, you must be so proud.

    1. Thanks Heather!:)

  124. Wow! you must be so proud! I am very happy for you, this is any mother’s dream come true!

    1. Thanks Corina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. What awesome memories! Four years ago, my oldest graduated from a prestigious university of a full scholarship and then received full funding for a masters program. It is so incredibly hard to express our pride in our kids after watching them achieve amazing goals. Congrats

    1. Thank you so very much Debby! Congrats to your oldest as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Congratulations! What an exciting time. It’s amazing how fast the years go by. I think I cried through half of my kids’ graduations, and I can’t believe they’ve now been out of college for many years!

    1. Thank you Lois! ๐Ÿ™‚

  127. That’s so lovely! Congratulations to you and your son, he’s amazing! It feels bittersweet every time they cross a milestone especially something as huge as graduation where they’ll be building their own lives. It’s a wonderful campus as well, I enjoyed the photos that you posted.

    1. Aww thanks so much Alison! I’m so glad you enjoyed our photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. Big congrats! Many success coming to you and your family! I was staring at the library picture, that is one beautiful library for sure!

    1. Thanks Ina!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  129. Meghan

    Major congrats to your son! What an achievement!! I bet your family is all very proud of his accomplisments!

    1. Thanks so much Meghan! We are so proud of him! ๐Ÿ™‚

  130. Congratulations to you and your family! It isn’t easy getting there and I’m glad he did well. Would love to see the campus in actual, it looks so grand! And horay for ice cream! <3

    1. Thanks Polly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  131. Congrats to your son! Its such an amazing feeling seeing family get to that point in their life. You must be so proud!

    1. Thank you Cleo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. Karlyn Cruz

    Wow! This is such a nice place to visit and I am happy for you that your son is graduating in one of prestigious school and making his own journey independently. Congratulations for both you!

    1. Thank you so much Karlyn! ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. Congratulations to your son!! Beautiful campus!

    1. Thanks Leah! ๐Ÿ™‚

  134. Congrats to the entire family, such an accomplishment! My husband went to Bschool at Cornell and we simply loved it over there.

    1. Thanks Kusum! It is such a lovely campus!

  135. Kelly Edgar

    aww this is really sweet and what a proud moment for you!! Congratulations on your sons graduation! The photos really showcase the happiness of the day/event ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Aww thank you Kelly! ๐Ÿ™‚

  136. Looks like a beautiful campus and fantastic trip, congrats!

    1. Thank you Stella! ๐Ÿ™‚

  137. What a beautiful post! Congratulations to your son and the whole family! The campus is so beautiful, love the pictures.

    1. Thank you so much Ishtpreet!

  138. Now that deserves a big congratulations! I am so happy for your family and wish the best for you!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind wishes Maria! ๐Ÿ™‚

  139. Ruth I.

    That is a really nice experience for all of you. Congrats to you and your son. You must be so proud of him!

    1. Thank you Ruth!

  140. Congratulations to you and your son. We’re celebrating with you his achievement. This is indeed a proud mama moment.

    I just love reading posts like this. Brings out a lot of good vibes and positivity.

    1. Thank you Clarice!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  141. First of all, congratulations to your son! That is an awesome accomplishment that would make any mother proud. Secondly, I absolutely love the quote!

    1. Thank you so much Ashish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  142. WOW! Good luck to your son for his degree and congratulations to you too to achieve this milestone. I know what you mean…as we grow older times does seem to move fast!

    1. Thanks Fiona! ๐Ÿ™‚

  143. amy

    congrats congrats! that is quite an accomplishment!

    1. Thanks Amy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  144. Esme Sy

    Now this is how you write about a wholesome life experience! Best wishes to your family, I’m looking forward to hearing more about you guys!

    1. Thank you so much Esme!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  145. Graduation is always special and to get it in your favourite place adds to the happiness. Congratulations!

    1. Thank you Menaka!

  146. Lauren Stewart

    What an amazing accomplishment!! Congrats!!

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! ๐Ÿ™‚

  147. My first year in college definitely made me feel like an adult! I was so excited for the newness that was in store.

    1. Hi Oyinkan! I remember that feeling too!

  148. Congratulations on the graduation. It saddens me, because I’ve always wanted to do my parents proud and have them see me graduate. But this never did happened because they decided to give my ceremony a miss just because my dad decides to go out of town on the very day and my mum didn’t want to go alone.

    1. I am so sorry it was like that for you Tiffany… I follow your blog and you are an amazing and wonderful young lady!

  149. Congratulations to your son! That is so exciting!

    1. Thanks so much Christina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  150. Congrats on your son’s success! It looks like a big and fun day for the whole family. It’s wonderful to spend such moments with the close ones. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you Natalia! ๐Ÿ™‚

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