Graduation Day! Thirty years ago today (it doesn’t seem that long ago), I walked in the procession of students through the Campanile into Memorial Stadium, raucous with yelling and cheering. Among the thousands of people, I spotted Mom and Lana. I stuck my arm high in the air and waved, they saw me and recorded the moment.

I cherish my memories of this day: the youngest of the family, the one family members thought was too shy and sensitive and would crumble under life’s challenges, graduated from the University of Kansas, with highest distinction to boot! I worked my tail off and made it! Yippee!

(I’m in front of the Naval officer in white, second from the left, where the procession veers.)