There were several events leading up to graduation day that families were able to take part in: family day, a couple classes that I could sit through, a Commander's Reception, and of course graduation day.
The Commander's Reception was very nice and the first time I have attended something like that. We were formally introduced to the commander and TAC officers of the course. I met several of the soldiers going through the course with J and got to listen to some funny stories. There was a ton of yummy looking food (but I was too afraid to eat with my dress on). We were also able to watch a brief video of the training the soldiers went through and celebrate those soldiers who were being honored with some awards. It was a fun evening that I really enjoyed. I only have a couple pictures from it because we did not want to lug the camera around all night.
Here are pictures from the night of the Commander's Reception:
Nothing like taking a picture of ourselves with my phone, lol
The next morning was Graduation Day! YAY! The graduation ceremony was really good and I am so glad we were able to be a part of it. I have A LOT of pictures from graduation day...prepare for picture overload :)
My brother surprised us at the graduation :) We were so happy to see him!
After saying the oath, soldiers were called up in groups of 6 to have their rank pinned on. Jason had asked for the kids (with my assistance) to pin him. We were so very excited about that.
Our new Warrant Officer! So proud!!
Once the pinning was complete, the graduates were to give their 1st coin to the 1st Sgt. The 1st Sgt was then going to donate money in the same amount as the number of coins he collected to their class project- the Wounded Warrior Project
Here is J giving his coin to the 1st Sgt.
At the completion of the graduation ceremony...guess what we did? Take pictures of course :)
A picture with the whole gang in front of the sign
I am so very glad we were able to be with Jason for this major accomplishment in his life. I am honored to be his wife and stand beside him not only on this day, but everyday!