Nursing school seems like a blur…did I actually go through three years of blood, sweat, and tears….why yes, yes I did. However, the second it ends, it feels as though it happened decades ago.
I finished nursing school at the University of San Francisco in August 2017 with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in Neuroscience. Despite finishing in August, I had to wait until December 2017 to graduate with the rest of my cohort. During the break, I passed my NCLEX, saved up some money for loans, and gained employment as a Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse. Because of this, my graduation was so much more to celebrate than just finishing nursing school!
The celebrations began with my pinning ceremony. Pinning ceremonies date back to the 12th century. This longstanding tradition symbolizes your initiation into the brother/sisterhood of nursing. I chose my grandfather, Dr. Ronald Latimer, to pin me. He was one of my biggest rocks during nursing school. He constantly encouraged me and also helped dumb topics down for me that were difficult to understand. After the ceremony, my grandparents, mother, and Ian joined me for dinner.
The following day was my graduation. The ceremony took an awfully long time. Then all of a sudden your row is called to graduate and you are speed walking to take three pictures before being pushed on stage and handed your “diploma.” It isn’t even a diploma rather a rolled up piece of paper saying your diploma will arrive in the mail! You can’t even hear your name. I kid you not, the experience of “graduating” was over in 90 seconds.
After graduating, we got Irish Coffees at the famous Buena Vista. The best part of the weekend was my cocktail party. My mother, Lauren (best known as Mama LC to my girlfriends), gifted me an incredible cocktail party at the Argonaut Hotel near Fisherman’s Wharf. She booked us the deluxe suite overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. She invited all of our family and closest friends to attend the soiree. I felt so honored that everyone came to celebrate me. I could not have done it without my friends and family.
Naturally, my cocktail party ended with dancing. If you are new to my family dynamics, EVERYTHING ends with dancing.