Graduation X2

The end finally came, I finished my Masters degree and graduated for my second time from the University of Utah.

Graduation twoThis time I hope it feels more final. Last year after I graduated with my Bachelors degree I returned to school to begin my Masters only two weeks later. This time I’m not planning on going to back to school, at least not for a while. Joe knew how hard this last year was for me and made a medal to commemorate my efforts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was excited to have lots of family at my College’s convocation. I even got my sister, my niece and nephew, and one of my brothers all of whom had to travel quite a distance to be there. I know there were other people who wanted be there but couldn’t, I felt of your support too.


I don’t know what I would have done with out such a loving and supportive husband.


It was a great day. It was especially great to gather after the convocation with many of the 20+ people from my domain who I spent so much time with this past year.

My nephew Cooper and his family came all the way from Colorado to celebrate with me.
My nephew Cooper and his family came all the way from Colorado to celebrate with me.

Later that day even more friends and family gathered for more celebration. I was especially grateful to some of my good friends from high school who traveled about an hour to be there. They stayed the entire length of the party and helped put everything away when it was over.

Jenny, Camille, Jennica, and Mikaela, you are the best!
Jenny, Camille, Jennica, and Mikaela, you are the best!

Thank you to all the friends and family who have supported me in my education and helped celebrate with me this last weekend. I couldn’t have done it without you!

Proud of My Grad

In less than a month, we will have the first masterโ€™s degree in our little family. I am so proud of Hope for all the hard work she has done this past school year as she worked toward her Master of Social Work. She had to go to summer school, which was not fun when factoring in me driving bus at night. She had to put 1050 hours at internships that did not pay anything, not even a thank you at times. Hope had to endure critical comments from closed minds. Hope will still have to log over 4000 hours of practice and supervision after graduation and before she can get licensed. It has not been easy and there were times I know she wanted to give up, but she stuck with it. She overcame adversity despite opposition from multiple fronts. I know there were a lot of prayers on her behalf and we are grateful for that. It makes be exhausted just looking at all her requirements, but I support, am proud of, and wish my grad the best of luck!

_MG_9920Us with our fake bachelor degrees when we graduated last year.


We graduated! Because we both graduated the same day in different colleges, we and some very dedicated family members sat through a total of five hours of graduation ceremonies. Most of which was listening to the names of strangers being read over the loud speaker. Thanks to everyone who came and supported us amidst all that monotony. We weren’t sure if we ourselves had the stamina to endure it, it was as though there was one final boring lecture to prove ourselves worthy of our diplomas.

Thanks to everyone who came and supported us the day of graduation and those countless others who supported us in the years it took us to get to graduation.


Joe receiving his diploma cover.


Me with the dean of my college, whom I’d never met.


We made it!


We were so glad Joe’s mom was able to make it to graduation.


Couldn’t have ever made it without these people!


We were pleased that a grandparent from each side of my family was able to come.


I was also able to walk at the same time as my former roommate who is finishing up her Masters degree.

All in all it was a good day and a great feeling to have finished something that has been a goal for so long.

All photos were taken by my mother Cindy McConkie.