Saturday, May 11, 2013

Loyola Marymount University Class of 2013

May 11, 2013  9:30 AM  


Commencement Speaker:  Doris Kerns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and an oft-seen political commentator. 

Author:  Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln from which Tony Kushner wrote 
the screenplay that  Steven Spielberg used for the filming of "LINCOLN."

A beautifully mild and sunny day in Southern California - a great day to honor ....

Addison Mae Duane

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology 

from The Bellermine College of Liberal Arts

 Taken from the drive leading up to the beautiful campus.  See the tower of Sacred Heart Student Chapel and the row of beautiful palm trees

 Lovely fountain at the back entrance to the campus

 About 4,000 Under graduates, Masters and Doctoral candidates - Probably 25,000 spectators 

 This is as close as I got to Doris Kerns Goodwin - her commencement address spoke of history and how these young men and women will shape the history of tomorrow

Addison and her four cottage mates hosted a post graduation party for their families and friends at their off-campus home.  It was a Mexican themed party catered by a gourmet taco catering company.  The tacos were excellent and very authentic too

 Addison's GrandDad John Sherman (my ex-husband and still friend) and his lovely wife, Gail.  John is recuperating from the devastation of a rare genetic condition that had had his doctors baffled for months and months.  He has recently regained some of the about 40 pounds he lost before they were able to diagnose and correctly treat the disorder.  We're all happy he's feeling so much better

 Proud Mom Kari getting a couple of moments of relaxation - organization of this family for trips like this one are very labor intensive for Kari and David

 And, here is the proud Dad, David.  He's a spectacular Dad and knows his parenting will be repaid many times over by Addison in her life endeavors

 Addison and GrandDad remembering so many good things about her childhood and young adulthood

 David's only brother, Sammy Duane from Tempe, Arizona - he's a very well-known high school basketball coach at Coronado High School.  He took over the position after his Dad, Sam Duane, retired from the same job.  It runs in the family

 Here is addison with two of her four sisters, Tate and Avery, and her cousins, Malia and Samantha.  check the difference in heights between Avery (on the far right) and her cousin, Sam (in the black strapless dress).  All four of Addison's girls are 13!

 And a shot with Mimi (the French diminutive for 'grandmother).  Addison and I both speak Spanish and seem to be the family members having most 'wanderlust.'  Addison leaves tomorrow for Europe:  Spain, Italy, France and England.  When she returns she will be at Arizona State University for an accelerated Teaching Credential program.  Then she's off to become a public school teacher for Teach For America in Denver, Colorado - a two year commitment
 Addison with her wonderful friend, Toni Richardson.  Toni and Addison were roommates in their first two years at LMU.  Toni will graduate next year and attends LMU on a full-ride scholarship - a very accomplished young lady

Addison and her four housemates addressing the party of families and friends


  1. Hi Mary-Pat,
    These last two blog posts [Loyola Marymount & Addison's Reception] are excellent!

    I know personally how challenging it is to get the right pics that tell a story with photos. Wow!


  2. Thanks Jorge. It was fun and exhausting but so worth-while. She's on her way to an incredible life of purpose, sincerity, love, fun, happiness, adventure .......

  3. Mary-Pat, you have a beautiful family and your friendship with your ex speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. A good one!