Monday, December 19, 2011
On Friday evening, I had the opportunity to attend the Allegany College of Maryland graduation for several hundred students. This December graduating class had 66 nursing grads, wow! One of the graduation speakers was a nursing student who for much of her life was homeless, living in shelters, under bridges, in parks, etc with her mother, who was a drug addict, and her younger brother. In her speech, she spoke of a very hard life growing up, a life to which her mother eventually succumbed. After her mother's death, she and her brother went to live with their grandmother. Now at 24, she will be a nurse and go on to study for her Bachelor's degree in Nursing. Her speech closed with the choices that each of us have in our lives; her mother made choices that eventually killed her. Our graduate made a series of choices that should serve as an inspiration to all of us. Congratulations, new grads and especially Aubrey Strachan. God speed.