I am so proud…

My little girl has graduated! *  They grow up so fast… OK, not my daughter, she is 6 for goodness sake, I am talking about my wife.

That’s right, after a few years (don’t worry honey, I won’t say how many) in the business sector, 2 kids, and another few years as a stay at home Mom, my wife went back to school full time at the beginning of this year to get her LPN Nursing degree.

My son and daughter, as well as my mother-in-law, my wife’s brother and her grandfather and I listened to the speeches, and watched as each member of the class received their diplomas and their nurse’s pin.

After the diplomas, the Outstanding Achievement award for highest GPA was announced, and my kids watched as their Mommy was called in recognition of her 3.97 GPA. Finally, the Florence Nightingale Award went to a student chosen by the other students, for their achievements in the class. We all cheered as my wife was called back up to the stage.

Graduation and sweeping the awards! Great job hon, we are all very proud of you!

*My wife didn’t appreciate being called ‘my little girl’ and I guess I can’t blame her. I was just really proud of her accomplishments and I kind of related it to the pride I have in my children’s accomplishments. It won’t happen again… at least I’ll try not to.

17 replies
  1. MJ
    MJ says:




  2. Columba and TJ
    Columba and TJ says:

    Congratulations Dawn, We are so proud of you. I know how hard you worked. You are an example for all of us….
    Very best wishes and all our Love
    Columba and TJ….

  3. Larissa
    Larissa says:

    Way to go, Over Ahceiver! Sorry I wasn’t there for the ceremony, but we’re all very proud of you and happy for you. No stopping now!


  4. Deanna
    Deanna says:

    Congratulations Michelle! I’m very proud of you and what you’ve accomplished! All of your hard work has definitely paid off!


  5. Andy
    Andy says:

    Way to go Dawn…Way to go Michelle…I’m happy for you both. Seriously, that’s really great news. Hope Mike takes you somewhere nice to celebrate. Woo Hoo!

  6. Michelle/Dawn
    Michelle/Dawn says:

    Thank you all for your messages!!!! I could not have been so successfull without Mike taking over as “Mr. Mom” for the year or without all of the extra help from my mom and dad! Mom was always willing to be here at 5:30 a.m. to be with the kids when I had to leave to get to a clinical site by 6:30! Dad came over to meet the bus and get the kids safely to their house on multiple occasions. Having such great family support made it possible for me to concentrate on school, knowing that my kids were being well taken care of!

    Mike was especially supportive, always encouraging me and never making me feel like my goals should be put on hold for him or the kids or anything else. I am truly blessed to have him and the rest of you!!!!

    Thanks so much for everything!!!!!

    Dawn Michelle

  7. Suzy
    Suzy says:

    Fantastic job….I had no doubt you would do it and do it well. Nice work and congratulations on all the superlatives and “going the extra mile”. I’m sure that’s how you will be as a nurse as well. If I were sick I would want you to be my nurse.
    Your stepsister-in-law is very proud of you!
    Love and hugs,

  8. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Dawn, heartiest congratulations. No mean achievement juggling all the various aspects of life and keeping them all in balance. Enjoy the moment.. Love from a limpet on a rock on the West Coast of Ireland

  9. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    Wahoo! No doubt in my mind that you would accomplish this amazing goal…but I had no idea that brillance runs in your family along with beautiful good looks : ). Congratulations on achieving the highest GPA.

    Bill and I are just thrilled to hear the news of your graduation and hope to see some appropriate photos of your graduation posted on this site.

    You are the best friend a person can have – and now we can also call you for free medical advice.


  10. Arthur and Beata
    Arthur and Beata says:

    Congratulations Dawn! Only a really caring person can truly be successful in a caring profession. You’ve shown how caring you are by being the top of the class, now get on those white shoes and get ready to show your patients. Calling Nurse Dawn…. Calling Nurse Dawn….

  11. Mom and Dad
    Mom and Dad says:

    Dawn Michelle Thompson Ward–Dad and I are so proud of you! We never doubted for a moment that you would complete with flying colors.

    We are glad to have someone with some compassionate medical knowledge in the family. Do you make house calls?

    Of all the women in the world, I would still choose you as my daughter. God gave us a gift.



  12. The Dorsak Family
    The Dorsak Family says:

    Dawn: Congratulations, We are very happy for you! Great job!
    We always knew you had the brains of the family – ha ha!
    Let us know the job you land soon. Welcome to the full time working world…….
    See you soon, Sac, Jan, Megan, Glenna and Keith

  13. Joanne (irish cousin in law)
    Joanne (irish cousin in law) says:

    Dawn, Congrats – this is Coming from someone trying to juggle jobs, exams, a business and a family so I know things may not have been easy or plain sailing so a big thumps up. Well done to Mike and the kids too for behaving themselves – can’t forget them either!!!
    Lots of love,
    Mike’s cousin Joanne, hubby, 2 kids and 4 fish in Westport, Co. Mayo, EIRE.

  14. Glessie T. Reeder
    Glessie T. Reeder says:

    Michelle, congratulations!!! I am so elated to be able to call you my “kin”. All of your patients will be very lucky to have you for a nurse. Also, your associates will be very fortunate to be working with someone so intellegent, pleasant and understanding. I am so proud of all of all that you have accomplished.
    Love Aunt Glessie


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