Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our 2017 Graduates

When I got the date for the graduation of granddaughter Katelyn Roden (our oldest daughter Kathy’s child), I immediately thought in terms of an RV trip to Texas.  But before making any plans, I checked with our eldest son, Rhett, about the date for Madison’s graduation and sure enough it was the day after Katelyn’s.  Since Bev and I could not both be at both graduations without an airplane trip we decided that Bev would go with her sister, Pat, to Madison’s and daughter Wende agreed to go with me to Katelyn’s.

Since I have developed a real aversion to the hassle of flying, Wende and I made a quick driving trip to Shertz, TX – two days down, 2 days there, and two days back and as it turned out spending four days in the car together was very good for our relationship and some DVD books made the trip pass pretty quickly.  Bev and Pat had an easier six hour drive over to Sumter, SC and that was relieving for me.

Both granddaughters graduated from large public schools with about 600 in each graduating class and both were in the high honors category, which I thought was excellent.  Since I went to Texas, I’ll begin with Katelyn’s graduation from Samuel Clemens High School, which may have been the best organized one I’ve attended.  Here are some pre-ceremony shots of Katelyn and Kathy taken at home.

Then getting her diploma.

Katelyn had about 20 supporters at the ceremony including family and friends.

Madison Walker graduated from Sumter High School and since the ceremony was at the football stadium in the South Carolina heat, it began at 9AM and only lasted an hour – Bev said it was still pretty hot.  Madison had 16 family supporters there to root for her, composed mostly of her mom’s family.

These are shots of Madison with her dad and her mom.

We are very proud of these two young ladies and look forward to seeing where they go from here.  In the fall, Madison will be attending the University of South Carolina and Katelyn is off to Texas A&M University.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


6/2 & 6/3/17 Event Dates


  1. I think that is so neat you were able to divide and be at both graduations. Your granddaughters are absolutely beautiful as well as smart. You have every right to be very proud of these young ladies.

  2. Congratulations one and all! What an exciting time in life. Both beautiful girls too - way to go!!! Honors and off to collage :)

  3. Congratulations, what a great way to enjoy both graduations and share the experiences.

  4. Congratulations to your granddaughters, parents and grandparents too! Glad you were able to work it out and have at least one of you at each of the ceremonies-It means a lot. My youngest son graduated high school last year and having family attend was extra special.


  5. Great that you guys figured how a great way to attend the graduations! Your granddaughters are both very pretty and it sounds like they will do well in college. Congrats to all!

  6. What great girls. Audio books are the best on long road trips.

  7. Congrats to your granddaughters! They both look beautiful and so happy.

  8. Congratulations to both your granddaughters, Larry.

  9. Both beautiful girls! Congratulations to both of them and to you and Bev for figuring out a way to be at both graduations :)

  10. Larry, Congratulations on your granddaughters success! They look proud and they certainly should too. Good schools and a great future ahead of them... Take Care, Dave & Laurie


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