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UMass Graduation (with photos)


Saturday, May 11, 2013

I wanted to add some pictures from graduation on Friday. Here I am after the ceremony:


With my mom (she was so proud!) (I saw a saying that went: I went to grad school for an education for me and a diploma for my mom!)


My DW is not a big ceremony person to begin with and did not relish being at a 2 hour ceremony with a 1 y.o. and a 2 and a half y.o. So, no photos with the DW and kids. I think we will try to get a picture with me in my graduation regalia with the kids.

And, with my advisor:


UMass added a new tradition to their graduate commencement this year. The PhD advisors walked in with their students, sat with them, and went up on stage with them to take part in their hooding ceremony. It was a nice touch and a nice way to recognize the mentorship that an academic advisor provides.

My advisor got to UMass only 2 years before I did and I was his first PhD student. He has a few more in line behind me and is in line for tenure. He is making a name for himself in the water resources field with focus in forecasting and climate change. Definitely potential for continued collaboration with him and his research group. He is former military man, he was in the Air Force, including a stint teaching at the Air Force Academy. It was part of the reason that I thought it was a good fit to study here.

What's the med school joke? What do you call the person who graduates last in their med school class? Dr! Well, I didn't graduate last, but I am still a Dr! My 4 y.o. asked me what kind of Dr I was, and I said a Dr of water.

Well, enough with basking in the afterglow, it is time to focus on getting ready for the move and the next assignment at West Point!
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LALMEIDA 5/23/2013 8:31PM

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I graduated from U-Mass Amherst in 1991.

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SPEEDYDOG 5/18/2013 8:30AM

    What a great idea to have your adviser walk with you. There is so much collaboration between you and him, there is a special bond there.

Congratulations!

Bruce

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SHIRAZSOLLY 5/17/2013 11:44AM

    Congratulations! You and your mom both look great and rightfully proud!

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STARLIGHT22146 5/15/2013 2:30PM

    Came here to say thank you for the comment on my blog last week, and look at you-- CONGRATS on your Doctorate! Way to go!!

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:37AM

    We did our "full regalia" pictures in the yard post ceremony, pre BBQ celebration. Congrats on your victory!

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BLITZEN40 5/13/2013 9:14PM

    Congratulations! Great picture of you and your mom. I'm sure your DW was there with you in spirit. Wishing you every success with your newly acquired title, Dr. H2O! emoticon

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TANYA602 5/13/2013 8:31PM

    How very cool! I bet your advisor was so proud!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/13/2013 2:26PM

    Congrats! Which UMass campus?

Never mind, just saw where you live.
I'm a Smithie!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/13/2013 2:16PM

    Congratulations! That's a wonderful accomplishment, especially with a family. My son got a Masters from UMass to go with his Masters from VT

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DDOORN 5/13/2013 10:35AM

    Awesome accomplishment! Woo hoo to even bigger & better ones on the horizon! :-)

Don

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LEWILL1982 5/13/2013 9:24AM

    Congratulations, I wish you and your family the best in your next journey!

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CASEYSAUER 5/13/2013 8:55AM

    Congratulations!

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ROXYZMOM 5/13/2013 1:34AM

    Totally awesome! Congratulations!!

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JESSIKA_56 5/12/2013 2:48PM

    Awesome, congratulations!

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POOKASLUAGH 5/12/2013 10:32AM

    Congrats!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/12/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats to you doctor. Remember to use that when going out to dinner.... emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 5/12/2013 8:45AM

    Congratulations!!! What a huge accomplishment!

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WILSONWR 5/12/2013 8:40AM

    Congratulations! That is a truly special accomplishment. I was the first in my family to go to college (I ended up with a Masters), and my daughter just got her PhD last year. A lot of work goes into such an endeavor, but it's worth it! I hope you have a great time at West Point!!

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BEWELL48 5/12/2013 5:22AM

    Congratulations! Great accomplishment!

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KRISZTA11 5/12/2013 4:33AM

    Congratulations!
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FANGFACEKITTY 5/12/2013 3:47AM

    Congratulations! It is a very impressive accomplishment...and just in time for Mother's Day.

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MERRY_XMAS 5/12/2013 2:59AM

    Congratz! What an accomplishment! You should be very proud!
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PS. I'll start my PhD in about 2 years from now, after my masters degree.

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CAT609 5/11/2013 11:23PM

    Woohoo! Congrats to you!

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CONGRATULATIONS DR. PMRUNNER



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KELLIEBEAN 5/11/2013 11:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures.

HUGE congratulations to you doctor!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 5/11/2013 9:15PM

    Oh wow, how exciting! Congratulations!

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    Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 5/11/2013 8:41PM

    Congratulations!

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VISUALLYRICS 5/11/2013 8:39PM

    Lol! emoticon Doctor of water:::...fun perspective.
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DEBBYFROMMT 5/11/2013 8:18PM

    You SHOULD be proud of this! What an accomplishment!!!
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OWL_20 5/11/2013 8:17PM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful moment...did you think it would ever come? Great photos and your mom looks pleased! Oh and your advisor was an Air Force man, hm? lol
Hope you have a great celebration planned, it's indeed a feat to conquer those grad programs. Will you be teaching at West Point?

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GOING-STRONG 5/11/2013 8:16PM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and congrats to you!

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STRIVERONE 5/11/2013 7:52PM

    Congratulations to your mother and her son, the DOCTOR.

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