For Ben's masters in Marriage and Family Therapy you have 62 credits of course work, a 500 hour practicum, where you actually have 500 hours of face to face counseling time with half of them being individuals and half of the hours being with couples or families, and the third thing is a thesis. Ben has been completely done with course work since the end of April, he finished all of his counseling hours in June, and he is close to finishing his thesis. So he is not officially graduated, but he will probably finish his thesis in October and there is no graduation ceremony in December, and April feels so past the point. Ben will probably have been working at a full time career job for almost 5 months at that point.
Anyway so we were really excited about graduation, but Ben said it did feel a little anti-climatic because he isn't completely done, but all he has left to write is results and discussion. I can't wait for him to be completely done.
So BYU splits graduation over to days, you have your commencement the first day where you don't actually receive a fake diploma, just get to sit there and listen to boring speeches, and then the second day is convocation in each college where you actually receive your fake diploma and the nice carrying case.
The girls did okay at the graduations. Prairie loved clapping. The commencement was in the Marriott center where they have basketball games. Once Ben was sitting we decided to move because we could sit so that we could see his face. When we moved there, Prairie loved it, she started yelling, yes yelling during the commencement "Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy" over and over again. It was really cute, she was soooo excited to his her daddy. Autumn got really upset during the speeches because Ben wasn't looking at her the whole time. Prairie loved clapping, she thought it was the best thing ever, she was so happy when everyone started clapping.
Ben and his girls (Autumn is so Oviatt, or atleast she is just like Laura and Lindsey, refusing to smile for pictures)
So on the second day when I was trying to get the girls ready for graduation, Autumn got upset because she told me that we already did graduation. She didn't understand why we had to do it again, and honestly neither did I, but we did both days. Ben says if he gets his Phd at BYU he will probably skip the university commencement and just go to the college convocation.
The other day I was on phone and was saying how Ben hasn't officially graduated yet, but he is close to being done. Of course I had no idea that Autumn is actually paying attention to anything I am saying, she yells out "Papi graduated, don't say he didn't, I went!" So there you have it, Ben has graduated according to our family.