La Harbra, California – After years of studying at UCLA and then moving to New York to attend NYU, Peter would receive his Ph.D in microbiology. Any parent or sibling would be so proud. How many people can say that my son or daughter is a doctor? But just a little before his graduation, we helped his family put together a surprise video production biography in which we interviewed his siblings, parents, and grandparents. The video itself was about 12 minutes long which we would play during his surprise graduation party.
When the day finally arrived, we, along with all of the guests and mariachi band waited quietly inside the dark ballroom. As he opened the door, the lights turned on and everyone yelled “Surprise!” as the mariachi band played. While videotaping him, I couldn’t help but think how crazy that must have been. You arrive home that day from New York and your dad says we’re going to dinner. Then you get there, open the door, and over a hundred people are all there just to celebrate your graduation. And then, later that night you would be surprised to watch a video of all of your loved ones talk about how special a person you were growing up and how proud they were of you. It would definitely be overwhelming. But this celebration was definitely well deserved! Congratulations Peter!