Thursday, June 17, 2010

My College Grad

Here’s a little background information on our daughter. After high school she went on a mission trip for six months with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). She spent three months in Perth, Australia and three in Cambodia and Viet Nam. We were very proud of her. When she came back she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, so she took some classes at the local college until she found her passion. I’m proud how she actively pursued choices until she came upon what she wanted to do with the rest of her life – psychology.

She went to Eastern Washington University and graduated Summa Cum Laude last week. We are very proud. We flew to Spokane, Washington just in time for an Awards Convocation. She received the highest academic honor her college bestows – the Frances B. Huston Medallion. A professor nominates a student who shows excellence in both academic and extracurricular activities. This year there were about 2,300 graduating students and only 20 received this award. Every professor we met told us what a great student she was and what a pleasure it was to have her in their class.

We had the joy of spending time with friends back in our old neck of the woods. Tom preached at our former church. It was fun to see so many friendly faces. The current pastors are dear friends and they housed not only Tom and I but both our kids.

The best part of the trip was seeing our daughter and our son, who flew from LA to see his sister graduate. The worst part was saying goodbye to them.

As far as my girl is concerned – Tom and I are so proud of what she has accomplished. We know she will do great in grad school this fall. (Did I mention she was accepted to three grad schools?)

We love you baby girl. Way to go!!

Here are some pictures from the trip. This is the whole family on Awards Night.
Our kids on Awards Night.
EWU
Graduation Day
© Nadine Zawacki 2010

10 comments:

linda said...

I sure can see why you are such a proud momma! She's intelligent, hardworking, and adorable!

Donna said...

Nadine,
Enjoyed the pics of your beloved son and daughter in whom you are well pleased. "I have no greater joy than to know that my children walk in the truth." You are radiant, beaming, and with good reason. It's so wonderful to see your children succeed and pursue their purposes in this life and the next. A very precious moment for the Zawacki family. Congratulations to all of you.

Italian Bird said...

Congratulation to Lisa and mom I'm so happy for all of you. A very great and memorable time...
big hug,
Maria

Dawn said...

What excitement! I can't remember which grad school got her! What grad degree is she going for?

Kate said...

How exciting! She actually looks like part of the University sign...lol.
Good to catch up on your blog...sorry I've been away from it all.
You all look so great! :)

Ily said...

Great pics and congratulations on your daughter's accomplishments! You have a beautiful family, my friend! :)

Jacki said...

She's smart and beautiful! You have every right to be proud of her!! Congratulations to her, and to you for raising such wonderful children!

palmtreefanatic said...

you must be proud! congrats! You all look wonderful!

Christina said...

That's amazing. What a great young woman you've raised. I can see how proud you are and you should be. Glad to hear you enjoyed graduation.

Lala's world said...

that is so great! congratulations!!