Yep, Carson is official. And I got a little teary as he stood with his classmates and recited the “Oath of Hippocrates,” pledging to consecrate his life to the service of humanity as he heads off to the next adventure with his residency.

Dave and I arrived the night before graduation for a happy reunion with these two and Carson’s parents under such a gorgeous sunset waiting for our table at a Thai food place.

Carson’s parents are the best people, love them so much, and it was so fun to spend the weekend all together.

Max and Abby came too, but didn’t arrive until early the next morning after a flight delay that made them miss their connecting flight and getting stuck with baby Murph in Chicago overnight (yikes but they were sure troopers I tell you!).

They arrived in the nick of time for the graduation the next day.

Graduation Day

After three college graduations in our family, this was the first one we got to actually attend. (Elle, Carson and Abby all graduated in the middle of covid with no ceremonies, and Carson’s first graduation was slipped in there in the middle of moving to Florida to begin podiatry school, what a ride!)

We are just so proud of Lar and all the earnest hard work he has put into these four years of medical school. He is just the best kid we could ever ask for to join our family.

It felt so good to be together and to celebrate him and all his hard work.

All the pomp and circumstance surrounding graduations carried from medieval times are pretty interesting. Loved watching the “hooding” of Carson by Elle and his parents.

Murphy was enthralled with all the action. Ha!

So fun to have these babies (Elle and Carson’s friend have this sweet baby girl).

Oath of Hippocrates

As I mentioned, I loved the Oath of Hippocrates. Here’s a part of what they recited:

I solemnly pledge myself to the consecrate my life to the service of humanity…
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity…
I will maintain, by all the means in my power, the honor
and the noble traditions of the medical profession….
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life.

It was a beautiful day for a celebration.

Love that these friends, Shane and Nikki, have been together with Elle and Carson for four years working their tails off in so many of the same ways.

I guess even more than four years because they were also at BYU Hawaii together too. These two couples have really had each other’s backs for all this time and we are all so grateful about that.

We met up with all the other parents to take everyone out to lunch after graduation.

So grateful for modern medicine, for those who make oaths to respect that practice, for the work they do to respect human life and it’s betterment.

And grateful for the people along the way who make all the difference with their goodness.

More on all the other stuff we did together in Florida coming soon!

Happy weekend!

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  1. Big congratulations to Carson and to Elle, too, who was there with him all the way long! May their lives be fully blessed! Y’all must be SO proud to have such a good person to be part of your family. Thank you for sharing with us!
    Today I had the honor of watching (unfortunately from livestreaming, since I live in another country) a friend’s doctoral graduation ceremony. It gave me chills because I know he worked SO hard to reach that point, and came out of no money whatsoever nor family support. Resillience is such a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
    I love that God gives us so many good opportunities and that sometimes we can make so much out of them. 🙂

    1. Congratulations to your friend! I’m so glad you were able to watch even from another country. It is pretty incredible to watch big accomplishments like this!

  2. This is great news.

    Congrats to Carson on passing his exams & becoming a doctor.🎉

    I wish him well for the future.

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