This was not your typical college graduation. Every semester thousands of students on hundreds of college campuses parade up the aisle, across the stage and receive their diplomas from the president. All the new graduates did that at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama Saturday.
But one student, our daughter, Leah, captured more honors and distinguished herself more than any other student in her graduating class.
And I’m going to brag. Leah earned me Dad’s Bragging Rights.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude, the highest academic honor, with a total GPA for her college career of 3.95. For those of you unfamiliar with how they rate GPA’s. the highest GPA a student can earn is a 4.0.
Leah was elected to Phi Cappa Phi, the Academic Honors Society. Students selected for the honor must be in the top 10 percent of their class.
Leah was also chosen by faculty members in the department of Sciences as one of the marshals for her department.
Her faculty selected Leah as the top academic student of the year in the Department of Science.
She was one of only three students in her graduating class to receive the prestigious Chancellor’s Trophy for all around achievement.
Leah did not accomplish all her honors easily. She studied all the time. When she wasn’t studying or going to class she was working as a hostess in a restaurant. When she did take time to relax and remove herself from her academic pursuits the times were short-lived. I can’t count the times I’d call her or text her to talk and she’d say she couldn’t because she had to study or she was working on a project.
I’ve never known a student to put as much effort into achieving academic excellence as Leah did.
She earned every honor they bestowed on her Saturday at AUM, and I am so proud of her I can hardly write without tearing up.
In July she will head to Sydney, Australia, where she will attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view samples and objects that cannot be seen with the unaided eye. It is a wide open field and the jobs for people with her expertise are plentiful.
I’ll keep tabs on her and give my readers updates of all the achievements that await her in life. She’ll be a huge success.
Leah, I love you more than words can say and I am proud of you beyond words as well.