Briana is now an alumna of Grand Valley State University. On Friday evening, the Honors College had its ceremony. Briana, and the other grads, received a stole, a medallion and a pin to honor their graduation from the Honors College.
Saturday morning, was the university wide graduation ceremony. This was held in the huge arena in downtown Grand Rapids. There was some talk that Briana graduated last in her class, because she was the last student to walk out on the stage for recognition and presentation of the BS in Nursing degree. You know that’s not true if you read the previous paragraph. (Her Uncle Scott said, “They just saved the best for last.”)
Saturday afternoon, the Kirkhof College of Nursing of GVSU, held its recognition ceremony. Sylvia and I were there for that one. The venue was the Performing Arts Center (auditorium) at East Kentwood High School. We had no trouble finding our way there. The auditorium is in the same building and directly across from the pool where we had watched Briana and the team play water polo.
Dean, Cynthia McCurren, PhD, had some excellent words of encouragement. There was no “main speaker.” The students had opted to share their reflections with us. That was excellent as the student’s short essays dealt with the full range of human experience from humorous to heart-rending. Briana told about climbing a mountain in Ghana to visit a family that had never received professional medical attention–ever.
Degree recipients were individually recognized by name as the presenter read their words to their friends and family. Seven persons received Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Three had earned MSN degree and about 86 received BSN degrees. Several of the degree recipients have already done some excellent work.
Briana has her moment on stage
Briana was not last this time. They were called alphabetically by surname.
There was an informal reception in the huge entry area after the official proceedings were concluded. I saw a lot of love between faculty and students through it all.
Afterward, we adjourned to the home of Briana and her parents for more family time.
Bryant, Briana and Barbara
Briana had a white stole, medallion (hangs on a white ribbon) and pin (next to the white ribbon) from the Honors College. The blue and white cord is from the Student Nurse’s Association. The red, yellow and green stole is from her study abroad in Ghana.
We shared good conversation and food. Then more conversation before we left for home. They were all tired and Sylvia had things to do for Sunday.
What’s next? Come back tomorrow and I’ll share that with you.