Saturday, April 25, 2009


I did it, I graduated from BYU! I really can't believe it, the past four years went so fast. (Just a warning this blog will be somewhat long and have lots of pictures. Taryn this is mostly for you, you can really feel like you were there!) My parents came out for graduation and I was very happy to have them here to celebrate with me. On Thursday there was the big commencement ceremony where all the graduates are together. President Uchtdorf and Elder Nelson spoke. It was very cool, Katie and I walked in together. I was also happy to find the girls from my senior group and to get a picture with them.I was able to find Jonny and my parents in the crowd and they were able to see me so that was cool. We got lots of pictures after. This is my favorite picture of Katie and me.
Jonny's family was there for Aaron's graduation so I got a picture with his sisters. Yes, Hannah is almost as tall as me and I am in heels and she is not.
Of course I got a few pictures with Jonny and Mom and Dad. Here is one with Jonny, Katie and me.And of course I had to get pictures with the BYU sign!Friday was the convocation ceremony where we actually walked and received our diplomas. We were so lucky and our ceremony was at 8 am! Which meant we had to be there by 7:15, I was not happy but it wasn't too bad. Luckily it wasn't too long and we were lucky to have Elder Oaks speak to us. Sadly I could not see my parents and Jonny and they could not see me because there was an organ in the way.
We went over to the building my major is in since that is where most of my final two years were spent.
The classic holding the graduate pose. I'm so happy Jonny was there and that he woke up early to come see me!
Giving Dad my Stole of Gratitude, he helped so much financially and emotionally. It would have been much harder for me to do it without his support. I love him so much and he deserved to be appreciated.
One with Mom, this would also have been so hard without her. She was always there for me and I love her so much.
So that was about it. I'm done, I am a BYU graduate! I loved my four years at BYU. Thank you to everyone who helped me through those years. I could not have done it without you. My parents, my sisters, Jonny, my professors, my friends and my Heavenly Father. I'm excited to be done and nervous and excited about the future.


Danielle Harris said...

Holly, I'm so proud of you! Your pictures are so cute. I loved looking at them all! Congrats on being DONE!

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Grant and Taryn Layton said...

Thanks, I did appreciate the long post :) The pictures are all adorable, you all look so good and happy, I'm so sad that I wasn't able to be there, but I'm glad that I was able to be there for 3 years of the experience :) What an accomplishment, I am very proud of you and how well you did in all your classes and learned to really love your major and what you will soon be doing in a career. Love you lots! Talk to you soon.

Greg and Betsy Rose said...

I loved all the pictures Holly. We were so happy to be there for you and are extremely proud of you and your accomplishments. We are always here for you. Good luck with the internship and job hunting. We love you.