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2010 - May - Alexander graduation

The family began arriving in LA from Thursday for the graduation ceremonies on Friday. David had gotten us a really great boutique hotel right in downtown LA in the fashion/art district. We could walk around the streets, walk to the Staple Center, walk to the fashion district, the wine district.

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The graduation started at 8:00 in the morning. David and Dolores had gotten there much earlier and saved us seats. They had been telling everyone that Christopher was still in school in Cairo and wouldn't get out for another week and couldn't make it to the graduation of his brother. But when we got to our seats David and Dolores had saved for us at the graduation, who should we see but Christopher!! (they had all been lying to us to surprise Alex!)

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We were in a nicely shaded area. And we had a good view of the large jumbotron screen that showed us the processionals and such. Each of the many many schools would be announced and would process into the center of the park following huge banners held high on poles above the crowd so the students could follow them to their seats. All we could see of the processionals was the tops of these banners moving through the crowds! Though we could see the close view of the processions on the jumbotron. But it showed only the parts the cameras were focused on so we didn't see Alex, just his banner,


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This was the main ceremony with all the speeches after which each of the many schools had their own ceremonies in large event tents, where the diplomas were given out. Christopher stood up on his seat to get a better photos when Alex came into the tent and Alex saw him! Until then Alex thought his brother was still in Cairo!


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After that we all went to the School of Architecture for the reception with box lunches.


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And after that we all went back to the hotel for a nap. Then we went to the dinner reception David and Dolores had arranged at a really nice restaurant to celebrate Alexander with his family and friends.


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