Last Saturday my handsome boyfriend graduated from college! Isn’t that so exciting?!
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It all started on Wednesday. Casey’s brother Kyle was coming into town. He flew into EWR, which is on my way from school to West Point. I picked him up just after noon, after a crazy morning of errands. We drove up to West Point where Boyfriend was getting out of an event. The timing worked out absolutely perfectly! We waited for him to change and then headed to the PX for some errands and things. Then we went to Brother’s Barbecue for some late lunch.
After lunch, we hung out some before heading down to the dock where we got to go on the Superintendent’s boat. One of Casey’s buddies booked the boat back in January and it was a nice way to bring everyone and their families together before the hecticness of the week to come.
Can you tell they’re brothers?
After a wonderful boatride, we took Kyle to the Firstie, which he had never seen, since it was only his second time at West Point (the last being A Day in Casey’s plebe year). We didn’t have a hotel Wednesday night, so I had to drive all the way- aka, an hour and a half- home.
On Thursday, Casey spent most of the day moving out. When I came up that afternoon, we just hung out until we went to dinner at a fancy steakhouse that we had never been to before. It was something Casey’s grandma picked. I was just along for the ride.
Friday was a bit more hectic with the Parade first thing that morning. We got there an hour and a half before step off only to find out that the bleachers had been full for over two already. That meant that we were standing. I really didn’t mind but mostly because the weather was perfect. If it were raining, I absolutely would have passed on the Parade. This one was certainly unique, but not worth standing in bad weather. We are definitely passed that stage in the relationship.
That evening was Casey’s graduation banquet. It started off with a wonderful cocktail hour, followed by dinner. It concluded with a speech by General Ray Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army.
It was an absolutely amazing time! I was so glad that I got the chance to go. General Odierno’s speech was beautiful. At one point he called out a girl’s name during the speech and called everyone’s attention to her. Whispers suggested this was the moment that she was going to get proposed to. Instead he said roughly “I graduated 611th in my class, like you will. I have high expectations for you.” Really, it was a great speech.
Saturday morning was graduation! After being there bright and early, I was so glad that I got to not only attend this special day, but share it with my Dad and Sister.That’s them, in case you couldn’t tell.
I was so honored that Casey gave me the chance to attend his graduation and share this special day with him. Like all things West Point, the ceremony itself was beautiful. The Keynote speaker was General Martin Dempsey who emphasized the importance of leadership and spoke anecdotally about his first salute.
After a quick bite of food, we rushed back to the real highlight of the day- Casey’s commissioning! Casey, along with three other fellows in his company commissioned together. I know two of these three guys pretty well and can attest to what wonderful people they are. I was so glad that I got to be there on this special occasion.
This was not the first time I attended a commissioning. After graduation in 2013, I attended my friend Olivia’s Commissioning into the Marine Corps. Then after graduation in 2014, I attended the ROTC Commissioning to support my sorority sister Kelly, as well as one of my sister’s boyfriends. This commissioning, though, was so much more real. The pomp and circumstance was in the graduation ceremony, so this part of the day was about the guys- just the guys. It was such a beautiful ceremony and the day was perfect to math.
Here I am with my 2LT. Congratulations, not only to Casey, but all the graduates this weekend!
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.