Saturday, 26 September 2009

Graduation Day!

It was Carla's graduation day today.

Carla, my oldest daughter, has been studying nursing at Plymouth University. Below, she is on the platform getting her certificate. (She's centre stage.)

The graduation ceremony took place at The Hoe, a spectacular waterside site just minutes away from Plymouth city centre.

This was one of the songs played at the end of the ceremony.

Afterwards, we drank champagne and munched canap├ęs at the post ceremony celebration.

Carla's husband Jason, her sisters Colleen and Collette and I attended the ceremony (Marie went to her parents' house with my 2 little children).

Here is Carla in the middle of a sea of graduates.

Look below. Does it show how proud I am of her?

You see, her degree was achieved despite having a difficult learning environment.

Carla left school at the age of 16 with almost no qualifications. During the examination period that year, Carla was having problems with her mother's husband being violent towards her - and her mother's inability or unwillingness to stop him. This bothered her so much that she came to live with me full time. Under these circumstances, I knew that her examination results were not a true measure of her capabilities; but Carla wasn't so sure...

However, 14 years later, married with 3 children, the youngest of whom
was only 1 year old, she resumed her education. As she progressed, she became more self-confident and began to believe that she could complete a university course in nursing.

It was a tough time - as well as studying and bringing up 3 children (with assistance from her husband, of course), she also worked part time to help pay the domestic bills.

Today was the culmination of her efforts.

The mandatory ritual of throwing of Mortar Boards into the air was duly performed.

And this was the moment she had been working so hard for...

Carla is now working at the coronary care unit of our local hospital. She had been here before, on a work experience placement, and the head of the unit begged her to return after graduation.

Carla has determined to carry on with her studies at the university while carrying out her clinical duties. With the determination and ability she has shown so far, she is sure to succeed.

She is an inspiration to her sisters, and anyone else whose school leaving examination results are poor. She has shown that it's never too late to learn.
Never too late to follow your dreams.

Here is another song played at the end of the ceremony...
(I think there must be some Take That fans at Plymouth University)

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Jenna's caesarean section has been moved to Monday. There were tests yesterday, today and there will be more tomorrow. So far, the tests are indicating that there is a great likelihood that there will be no problems with the birth.

Fingers crossed!


rosiero said...

Well done Carla. It must have taken some doing with three children to look after as well. You must be so proud of her. And as for Jenna - hope she has a peaceful weekend before the big onslaught!

Anonymous said...

Hi Robert,

What a determined and hard working young woman. She fully deserves the rewards of her effort. Great photographs and you do look a very proud father in the one of the two you- rightly so.

I wish Carla all the best and also hope all goes well for Jenna on Monday.

All the best


Bsquared86/Bsquared0408 said...

Congratulations to Carla!

Early congratulations to Jenna and ther new edition!

j said...

What an inspirational story! Wow, she is an admirable woman for so many people out there! I could take a lesson or two from her. We get so stuck and comfortable in our current life, it's easier not to try and follow through our dreams. You should be VERY proud of her!!

Casdok said...

Just brillient!!!

alice said...

bet your a proud pa. x

Grumpy Old Ken said...

I'm thrilled to bits for you all and you deserve it. Well done.

Robert said...

Thanks everyone for the comments. As my next post shows, everything went well for Jenna.

diver said...

Ah, nice coincidence Robert. My daughter graduated the other day too. It's great to see them growing and moving on, isn't it.

Carla looks lovely. That photo with the Chancellor just radiates warmth and appreciation I think.