Raising People as Well as Flowers

Judy and I haven’t spent all our time in the garden. We have also been lucky enough to raise two good kids we are very proud of, both of them now adults in their twenties.

Danny after the graduation.
Danny after the graduation.

Today we got to watch our older son Daniel receive his Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. We didn’t go to the general convocation, a massive gathering of the undergraduate college and all the graduate programs held in U of C’s main quadrangle.

Walking on stage.
Walking on stage.

However, we did attend the ceremony for Danny’s program, the Harris School of Public Policy, which was held in the more intimate Mandel Hall. This is where the graduates actually received their diplomas.

Danny bending at the knee.
Danny bending at the knee.

Some of the taller students bent their knees to make it easier for the faculty to bestow upon them the hoods that signify their new degree. Daniel, who is 6′ 2″, was one of these, and he couldn’t keep himself from grinning despite the solemnity of the occasion.

Daniel holding his diploma.
Daniel holding his diploma.

Afterwards we all went outside for the Harris School reception in the courtyard. Daniel was tired from his job and from finishing coursework, but he shared the excitement of the other graduates.

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He also got a little silly. This he gets from Judy’s side of the family.

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His friend Kaitlin was there to cheer him on.

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For a little perspective, here’s a picture of me and Danny from about 25 years ago.

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For Judy and I it was a deeply satisfying day. We can’t wait to see what our two boys will do next.

39 Comments on “Raising People as Well as Flowers”

  1. Jason! This is just awesome! Brought me so much joy to read this post! A huge congratulations to him!!! And a job well done to you and Judy!!! That photo of the 2 of you when he was small is so fantastic! And you can’t beat that bears hat that he is wearing! We had one like that too! All the best to your family! Nicole

  2. Congratulations to Daniel and to the proud parents too. You clearly did as good a job raising this young man as any flower in your garden! (I see a very strong resemblance there. Perhaps he’ll grow into a gardener like his Dad one day too?… )

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