That's my son, Mark Thomas, receiving his high school diploma from Valley Christian High (in Cerritos). If the setting looks familiar, you must be a closet watcher of the Hour of Power. Valley Christian (which was founded by RCA and CRC churches in 1935) often holds graduation ceremonies at the Crystal Cathedral.
Although the "Cathedral" is a prominent Orange County landmark, this was the first time I have ever been inside. I'll grant that it is very impressive--except for the seats, which were cramped and terribly uncomfortable. I felt like I was flying Southwest!
My sons, Dave (now 21, and also a Valley grad) and Mark, share a moment parents often don't get to see. Dave's just finished his third year at Cal-State Long Beach (mechanical engineering), while Mark is headed to Cal-State Fullerton's school of business and economics. Cal-State Fullerton is known for three things: 1) It is my alma mater, 2) Its fine school of business and economics, 3) Its baseball team.
When we arrived, we noticed that the organist looked very familiar. Yup, that's our own Pam "Hazel" Compton (Ph.D. student in sacred music @ USC, and wife of the Rev. Andrew Compton, who was ordained at Christ Reformed last week (Click here: Riddleblog - The Latest Post - A Great Day @ Christ Reformed).
All in all, it was a great night for our family, as well as a major milestone in our lives. My boys are now fine young Christian men pursuing their vocations, and for that, my heart is filled with gratitude.