Well now for the milestone, our youngest, Rizalina, is in her third year of nursing school at UM, University of Mindanao . In their third year the nursing students start performing “duty” at local hospitals and clinics. This is when they finally gain their experience life as a nurse. Each week they work in the different de nursing.Friday we attended her “Capping” ceremony. Except for the heat at the UM auditorium, which is an open air building, we saw our little Riza, in her nurses uniform walk up on stage and receive her Nurses Cap.
The hardest part was spotting her. We arrived late and all the nursing students were already seated. Because of the crowd, only one member of the family was allowed to sit on the main floor, so I had to sit up on one of the side balconies. As I got up there, looking at all the students sitting in rows waiting for the ceremony to begin all you could see was all the young ladies and young men in their white nurse’s uniforms. All the females in white, dark hair tied back in buns, and the distance made it difficult to find the one yo
u were there to see. My only savings was in the beginning of the ceremony, the students were requested to go to their parent or sponsor to thank them for allowing them to attend school. I watched and finally saw Riza go to her Elena. I then stood there at the rail and watched as Riza returned to her seat. I memorized which row and seat she was sitting so I could take photos and watch for her to go up on stage to get her candle and then her cap.
Well, the ceremony was beautiful, especially when all the students stood in formation and then marched around the visitors with their caps on and lighted candles in their hands. Plus were the inspirational speeches to drive them on towards their chosen careers.
Next I look forward for the eldest girls to pass their boards and then start their careers as nurses. Then our little Riza will continue to follow her older sisters in the health field. There will be more milestones to pass as we all have over our lives. I know Riza continue to make us proud, just as her sisters and older brothers continue to do for us.