Thursday, June 26, 2008

Congrats Dr. RyGuy!

The week before I left for Jamaica was filled with lots of celebration & fun! Ry celebrated getting his actual PhD!! (Yes, technically he became a PhD in January, but the ceremony was in May!)

We started the week of celebration by a surprise present to go see the Yankees vs. Mets at Yankee Stadium! I was very excited about this because I have never been to Yankee Stadium! And Ry is a huge fan!! (And it took me weeks of eBay bidding to get the tickets!) Ry was happily surprised when his name came up on the scoreboard in the middle of the game! LOTS of fun!

Then there was the big "Hooding Ceremony" where all of the graduating PhDs recieve hoods from their advisors! Followed by copious amounts of champagne and celebrations by all!

The next day was the giant graduation ceremony which takes place on the football field because there are close to 2,000 graduates! Although it is geared towards undergrads, Ry insisted on going (because this is the only time he will ever get a PhD!). Ry was the 3rd person to get his diploma. Then it started to rain. The ceremony continued through the downpour, but most people left as soon as they got their diplomas. Not Ry (because this is the only time he will ever get a PhD!). He sat in the rain until the very end, so that he could throw his cap (because this is the only time he will ever get a PhD!)!

The next day we left for a 4 day vacation in Treasure Island, FL! It was lots of fun to stay right on the beach! We got sunburned the very first day, but still enjoyed the pool, Busch Gardens, a movie and a TB Rays baseball game!

A supposed a week is a bit long to celebrate Ry's PhD! But -- this is the only time he will ever get a PhD!

CONGRATS again, Dr. Ry!!

Ry & I at Yankee Stadium!

Ry gets a hug from his Diva advisor just after hooding!

Celebrating Dr. Ry with some chapagne!

After much champagne, Ry's sis & I think it would be brilliant to all wear T-shirts to the graduation! Oh, champagne!
Dr. Ry, alone in the rain, waiting to throw his cap

Ry in the Gulf!!

View of the sunset from our window!!

Rhino & baby at Busch Gardens!

Ry & I at Tropicana Field (2 MLB stadiums in 1 week!)

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