New UT-Dallas grad: Congratulations, Kenny!

Cue the show tune, “Sunrise, Sunset.”  Quickly go the years indeed.

For the second time in our lives, elder son Kenny and I experienced a university graduation ceremony together.  This time he wore the gown, and I was the one who didn’t cry and disturb the audience.

Kenny got his diploma in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas Saturday.

Here’s an almost-decent photo I got as he flew across the stage:

Kenny Darrell, Graduation at UT-Dallas 12-19-2009

Kenny Darrell speeds to get his diploma, UT-Dallas, December 19, 2009; photo copyright Ed Darrell

At the bottom of the photo you can see a fellow in a UT-D green t-shirt — the official photographer of the day.  Kenny’s elation showed so well, the photo that guy got turned up on UT-D’s website (photo #11 in the series).

[Update] Here’s the “official” photo of Kenny with UT-D’s President David Daniel.

UT-Dallas photo of 12-2009 graduation - Kenny Darrell pictured

UT-D President David Daniel shakes the hand of 2009 graduate Kenny Darrell

Some time in his high school days Kenny got the idea that he’s responsible for his own education.  At UT-D he took control of his time and learning.  His graduation is his own doing.

Congratulations, Kenny.  I have it on good authority your parents are beaming.

Nice cap to the year.

Kenny Darrell at graduation from UT-D, 12-19-2009

Kenny Darrell, graduate from UT-Dallas, December 19, 2009

9 Responses to New UT-Dallas grad: Congratulations, Kenny!

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  3. Neil says:

    Wow! Crazy what Google can dig up. Congrats to him!! I met Kenny in the jazz ensemble and bumped into him last night at a concert at the Meyereson!


  4. Gandolf says:

    Thats wonderful Ed ,congradulations to Kenny


  5. george.w says:

    Congratulations! (And that is a really cool photo of Kenny on the stage)


  6. jd2718 says:

    congratulations. you must be very proud.



  7. rc airplanes says:

    Your writing really touches my soul!!!!


  8. Ellie says:

    Great pictures, Ed. Congratulations to Kenny!


  9. Sara says:

    From another UTD grad (biology major here), yours truly, congratulations!


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