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Monday, December 19, 2011

ACM Commencement

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.

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