That was an easy title, no? Ha.
Shall we begin the pictures? Because I’m sure I’ve already bored you with enough posts about the longest two years of my life. Haha. Although I’m thinking about doing a “How To Survive Nursing School” post in the near future. Your thoughts?
Anyway, this week we had our pinning ceremony (nursing specific) and then of course the graduation ceremony. If you’re wondering, I graduated with my Associates Degree of Nursing, also known as an ADN. I do plan on going back to school within a few years to get my bachelors and perhaps someday my masters.
Let’s begin with the pictures… So come along!
First of all, I got gel nails because I could! A lot of us girls got our nails done, some even with EKG lines and stuff, very cute. I chose a simple heart because my bridal shower is coming up and the heart was neutral for both occasions :-)
The Monday before our pinning and graduation, we had professional photos taken in our ceremony uniform, which is the traditional white uniform with cap that has a black stripe to represent Registered Nurse. Very fun and cute, if I do say so myself. Haha. We got to keep our pictures, so I gave mine to my fiance.
We all became close as a class. I’ll never forget some of these guys, even though I may never see some of them again. But a few of them will be lifelong friends. Thank goodness for Facebook!
Photobombing! The men (all two of three in our class that joined in on the festivities) wore white scrubs with a white jacket.
This is our class president. She and I both were feeling quite nervous before the ceremony began as she had a part to say during it and I also had a speech to make, thanking everyone that supported us.
Saying my speech :-) My family told me that I was one of few that spoke clearly and directly into the microphone, which was good because the acoustics are horrible in our gym! My goal during my speech was to make everyone laugh and cry. I think I did both! Haha. I saw my mom wipe her eyes a few times and even I had pause a moment because I started to choke up. However, the audience thought maybe I was done or they really liked what I said because they started to clap, so I jokingly said, “I’m not done yet!” in a sassy tone which they all laughed at. I calmed down a lot after that and finished quite nicely I think.
I don’t have a specific picture right now but I had my parents pin me. During this time, they come up to me and give me a pin that says Registered Nurse on it, signifying the end of my journey with education but only the beginning of a lifelong career. It was a sweet moment, and funny when my mom accidentally dropped the back of the pin and my dad had to pick it up!
After the ceremony! We had such a beautiful sunset and took the opportunity for pictures with such good lighting! All of my siblings were there, as well as my grandma, niece, and nephew. I’m so thankful for all of their support!
My beautiful sister and I.
My dear grandma Ellen. When she first saw me before the ceremony began she started to cry and of course that got me started! There were many happy tears that night.
Friends! Thank you for driving all the way up to support me and SCREAM my name when I got pinned!
My dear future SIL who is my fiance’s twin! She is also a nurse and has been a great source of encouragement for me! I love you Brittany!
Playing with my niece and nephew.
Tony, our class rock climbing guide and the one who asked too many questions in class ;-)
So, where IS my fiance in all of these pictures? He wasn’t opting out from pictures nor was he behind the camera. In fact, he wasn’t there at my pinning ceremony. Why? He was working. He recently got hired as a seasonal fire fighter for the US Forest Service and had mandatory training/orientation he couldn’t miss. So it’s for good reason he missed my ceremony. Still, I missed him, although it was for good reason he wouldn’t attend my ceremony or graduation.
But we improvised.
The next evening was my graduation ceremony. Not everyone participates in this, but I knew I wanted to. I didn’t get to walk for a high school graduation because I actually have my GED. More on that in a later post I suppose :-)
I was one of the first to receive my degree in the lineup and after I sat down in my seat, while the rest of the school was still lining up and getting called for theirs, my friend Sandra poked me, told me to look over and who do I see? My Bub. He surprised me by showing up, after he asked his captain to leave an hour early. The moment I saw him I started crying. I don’t have any photos of it, although my sister got a video of it. Ha… Afterwards, I cried even more when we finally got to hug. He never ceases to amaze me.
I’m so glad I’m marrying him :-)
My favorite twins!
Well, that’s it! Phew! I’m DONE!!! Except now I get to prepare for state boards and of course our wedding!
Thank you again and again to everyone who has supported and encouraged me these last few years. I could not have done it without any of you! I’m so excited for the future, wherever it may take me.
Thank you again my loves :-)
xo, Briana future RN