After my trip to Orlando, I had one day at my parents with Kyle to get organized and then we drove up to Indianapolis for graduation on Friday. My dad flew in to Indy for graduation, so picking him up from the airport was first on our agenda.
Graduation was on Saturday, but Friday night was the senior awards banquet. My dad, Kyle, and I all went.
What a beautiful night it was!
The event was held at the Indiana Rooftop Ballroom and the whole place was stunning. When we first arrived we had drinks and mingled a bit, then made our way to our seats.
I was so excited when I realized we were seated with two of my favorite med-school friends!! Annie and Ana are amazing and it was so great to sit with them for the evening 🙂
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner while a slideshow played with all of our classmates information. Here was my slide:
Then we had a few speakers (the Keynote speaker Dr. Einterz was inspiring and challenged us to work harder than ever- I had goosebumps the entire time).
Lastly, lots of different departments in the school gave out special awards to students going into that specialty. No awards for ophtho though 🙁
It was such a beautiful night and I loved sharing it with Kyle and my Dad!
The next day was officially graduation!!
I remember not being overly excited when I graduated from college because I knew I had medical school ahead of me. Well, I was extremely excited for medical school graduation. All my classmates and I have worked so hard these past four years, and we finally get to call ourselves “doctor”. How exciting!!!
The night before, Kyle gave me this sweet hanger to hang my gown and hood on! I loved it 🙂
We each went up on stage to be officially “hooded” by a faculty member.
I am so proud of this accomplishment in my life! I have wanted to be a doctor for more than a decade and now, I am.
There is no way I could have made it through medical school without the support and love of my parents, my friends, and Kyle. Everyone has encouraged me, helped me, listened to me, and guided me, and I couldn’t be more grateful 🙂
Dr. Corson, a scientist in the Ophtho Department (and an amazing mentor and teacher) came to graduation too! I have done two research projects in his lab and will forever be grateful for his patience and kindness when teaching me things in the lab.
Although I am beaming with pride, I am crazy scared of the new responsibility I have. My decisions now directly effect patient care. I know I will have a team of doctors helping me and watching me like a hawk, but internship will be very different than medical school!
After the ceremony, we went to visit one of my best friends Brian (Tara’s husband!), who was graduating from dental school that day. Brian and I both received the same award from IU recognizing our involvement with the community or “civic engagement”.
Instead of going out for a real lunch, I convinced my dad and Kyle to go out for frozen yogurt. I would rather have dessert than regular food any time!
Luckily, they got a real meal for dinner. We met up with Kyle’s family because Kyle’s sister Whitney (my new sister-in-law) graduated from pharmacy school that day!! It was a major celebration.
Presenting Dr. Tooley and Dr. Tooley:
I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful day or a more loving family to share it with. At graduation we were told “to whom much is given, much is expected” and I am ready to work as hard as I can to be a great physician 🙂