March 5, 2012
a doctorate in the house
In the past two weeks, Mr. B and I have experienced just about every type of climate. Mountain snowfall? Check. Windy plains? Check. More Snow? Double Check. Next up? Sunny Desert!
Glad to be home? You betcha.
Even though we are still battling chest colds and haven’t slept a solid week in our own bed in I can’t tell you how long, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else in the world this weekend.
My immediate family (besides Kitty who is 31 weeks pregnant!) all gathered in sunny Phoenix to watch my father receive his doctorate diploma in Health and Sciences from A.T. Still University.
For those of you that don’t know, A.T. Still was founded in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri. It was the first Osteopathic School of Medicine, but as the health care profession grew and more specialists were needed, and so did the university. There are no undergraduate courses at the university just post graduate / post professional masters or doctorates.
Anyways, my Dad’s program took him three years to complete, and most of it was completed online through black board discussions and video chats. He actually gave his dissertation online! Crazy, right?
The graduation ceremony was held outside on campus in Mesa about 20 minutes east of downtown Phoenix. The weather was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Seventy and sunny with a cool breeze. All that was missing was a swimming pool and pinacoldas.
I was very impressed with whole setup, especially as a blogger, because I had great access to the stage to take pictures and with it being outside, hello natural lighting!
The ceremony started in typical fashion with the prelude and processional.
All of the speakers were fantastic – great humor and accents! My favorite was the keynote speaker from Puerto Rico.
After the keynote, it was time to move that tassel from one side to the other. In case you were wondering, some of the other disciplines were – physical therapy, audiology and human movement.
The Health Sciences group went second to last.
To the stage!
Last, but not least….Dad!
The ceremony concluded, and then it was family picture time!
We couldn’t have been more proud of my Dad. Once again he has proved to all of us that hard work, discipline and true passion can take you anywhere in this world.
Congrats Dad! Or should I say, Dr. Wurth.