Oh, and should I mention cheesy smiles and cutesy hand gestures. She was definitely the personality of the group. Am I surprised? Noooooooo. Not by a long shot. :)
The students paraded out to Pomp and Circumstance. After words of welcome and introduction, the two classes sang songs for us--Elsie really got into that. And then each class came forward and received their "diplomas" and special awards. Elsie received the Outstanding Music Student award, which is timely since she had just told us that she wants to grow up to be a singer--she's on the right track. (Or so I thought, until she mentioned that when she becomes a singer, she's only going to sing Let It Go from the Frozen soundtrack. Yikes.)
Gladys came with us (obviously), but we left Oscar at daycare for this. I was waffling about bringing him, but the final tie-breaker was that they were going to be serving cupcakes for the graduates only, not siblings. I decided not to even present the probability of a drama-filled situation for Oscar (a la the "Fruit Snack Incident" at Missions Friends when Elsie's teacher gave out fruit snacks to take with them and Oscar's didn't, so we had a total meltdown starting in the church building and lasting all. the. way. home because Elsie wouldn't share).
I'm not really sure of the point of the ceremony, except that the Pre-K didn't do a program this year, so maybe this was it? Elsie, who is a word nerd like her parents, did not even know what the word "graduation" meant, and it was not made clear that they didn't get to keep the cap and gown, so there was a bit of frustration there trying to explain that fact to her.
And her final commemorative gift had her name spelled wrong, but she didn't notice, so it's not a big deal, right, Elise? ;)
So next year we embark to Kindergarten. It will be an adventure, indeed.