Thomas had an open defense, so I was able to attend. His sister Emily was also able to come, after secretly driving to Knoxville on Thursday and completely and utterly surprising Thomas (Jamie and I already knew she was coming). He actually fell over in shock when he first saw her. Anyway, I was so glad to be able to go to the defense. Thomas got so nervous right beforehand, but of course he did a wonderful job, and it was great to hear him talk about his project and see the culmination of his last 5 years of work.
|Thomas with his advisor, Dr. Jay Rubenstein. There is a tradition in the history department of taking pictures by this sign when people successfully pass their exams or defense.|
|stolen from Emily's facebook :)|
|I made Thomas's favorite carrot cake. I was so happy with how it turned out!!|