It was a bittersweet night for all of us parents...crazy how fast time flies.
We invited all of our families, but only a few could come. We also invited Jacob's dad Matt and his wife Kendell and all of Matt's family and Kendell's family too. Several had to cancel at the last minute, but we were thankful for everyone who came to celebrate this big day for Jacob.
The 8th grade graduation decorations in the school lobby:
Each student had their picture taken with their favorite quote. Love what Jake chose:
Time for the ceremony to begin!
The school principal Mr. D had already announced in May that he was retiring, so this was his last graduating class. And he admitted in his speech just how close he had gotten to this class. It was so neat to hear his heart. I was especially proud to hear his words about Jacob. I was crying tears all over the place!
One of the student's with top honors was chosen to give the class speech, and she did a wonderful job too.
There was a long video set to music that some of the PTO moms put together. It included pictures of the kids from kindergarten thru 8th grade. Seriously, not a dry eye in the place.
The kids received their certificates. Yay, for Jacob!!!
Mr. D said his final goodbyes. (Man, we're going to miss him.)
And then it was over.
Here's the 8th grade graduating class - class of 2020 in high school!
Couldn't end without their signature class move (Ha!):
We all got pictures with Jacob afterward, all the family members who could come.
Matt + Kendell with their two kids and Kendell's parents all from Ohio:
The big graduate:
Scot's parents, Mike and Linda:
Matt's grandma "Ma" and Matt's mother Jane from Ohio:
Jacob and Mr. D:
It was a fabulous night - one I'll always remember. I couldn't be a prouder mom.