Thursday, June 07, 2007

Congratulations Class of 2007

Tonight was Daniel's graduation from high school....the culmination of 13 years of hard work. Well, maybe kindergarten wasn't so hard! We are extremely proud of him! Tonight's ceremony and reception following were very meaningful. I have so many photos there is no way I can post them all!

Daniel getting ready.

Pomp and Circumstance.

Sahel Academy class of 2007: Daniel D., Daniel K., Ojeoma, Hadiza, Emmanuel, and David!

One of the teachers, Mr. Field, addressed the students. He gave an excellent summary of the character of each student and encouraged them in their future walk. His talk showed how very well he knows each student and how much he cares for them. The director of the school, "Uncle Brian", gave a brief message: 3, 2, 1, Go. Three: faith, hope love. Two: love your God and love your neighbor. One: One God and one way to heaven. Go into the world and preach the gospel. Another teacher sang a great song about friendship.

Each of the graduates got to talk about memories and thank those that influenced them. Daniel's speech was well-delivered and brought tears to my eyes. He even talked in Songhai directly to his friend, Soumeyla, who we invited to come down from Tera for the graduation.

And then, of course, the moment they had all really been waiting for: the granting of their diplomas. He does have it in his hand, you just can't see it!

The graduation ceremony was held in the building of "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs". So after the ceremony, we all drove back to the school for the reception. The teachers had transformed the cafeteria into a beautiful place and we all enjoyed this beautiful cake and some other snacks.

Here we have Daniel with Suzanne.

And with his friend, Soumeyla.
OK, here we are with one last parting shot. Siblings will be siblings!


Dusty Penguin said...

I already made my comments on IM with you, but will comment here too. It looks like it was a very beautiful, impressive, meaningful ceremony. The building looks very nice, I love the graduation stolls/scarves, Daniel looks very handsome, and I wish I could have been there to hear the testimonies and the speakers. Congratulations, Daniel, on your graduation. Remind me to give you your card and gift when you come to the USA because I didn't want to mail it to you there at this point near your departure. Savor every moment of your last days in Niger. I know you've already been doing as many special things as possible. But give yourself wholely and entirely to a new future, a new beginning. Don't hold back from enjoying college life and enjoying the US. You have so many new and wonderful experiences ahead of you.
Love, Aunt Natalie

Cindy said...

Looks like it was a great time!
Enjoy your time together back in the States!!