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And just a record of the thousands, upon thousands of graduates that joined me and while I loved the Daily Show’s investigative reporting piece into ASU I am proud to be a Sun Devil. Why not wear a bikini when it is 100+ degrees outside and sunny 340 days out of the year? And with 60,000+ population you know you get a little bit of everything. Ultra liberal, ultra conservative, international students form around the world, hikers, swimmers, dancers, engineers, artists, and journalists.

That is the beauty of Arizona, those I graduate with, well who knows what positions they might hold in twenty years? ASU attracts some amazing and interesting people and keep in mind that the people on the Daily Show represent only a fraction of the students I walked with yesterday.

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So security was tight, but I managed to sneak my camera in . . . can’t tell you how happy that made me. Not quite close enough to Obama to make my 85mm prime work, but an amazing experience nonetheless. I’m going to do three to four seperate posts, one on hats, one on random grads and commencement itself. Here are some random pre-pre-pre commencement stuff.

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And my wonderful mother and family:

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So tomorrow is graduation . . . today was our rehearsal at Sun Devil Stadium in my hometown of Tempe, Ariz. And as if this weren’t cool enough, I was fortunate enough to receive an award which will put me in the seat pictured below about four seats from the left in the first row. I may not be shaking President Obama’s hand tomorrow, but at least I get to be front row.

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Students at rehearsal listen to instructions

For some interesting numbers get this

ASU has a general student population of: 60,000 students

Average amount of graduates who attend a spring commencement: 3,000 graduates

2009 amount of graduates who have RSVP’d for commencement: 11,000 graduates

Sun Devil Stadium holds: 75,000 people

We arrive tomorrow at 3:30pm and Obama is scheduled to speak nearly 5 hours later at 8:00pm

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The big stage!

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And my dad all tuckered out