Saturday morning I got up and got around - worked out, had my breakfast and headed out to the graduation service.This was supposed to be her SPECIAL DAY! I met up with Susan and we watched Dee graduate! When they asked for the students that graduated with a 4.0 only 3 students stood. That is just how wonderful Dee did! Top 3 BABY!!!!
We were so excited for her, her family was there and she had a cheering friends section as well!
Denisa was pinned by her husband Lance and her two sons, Carter and Michael. It was a proud moment for the family, but Denisa was upset and rightfully so.
After the service was over, the gym was emptying and we were out in the lobby looking for Denisa and her family. We found Lance and the boys and the rest of her family, but not Dee. When we found her she was in tears and had been given the plaque. Evidently she asked one of her teachers why she didn't get the acknowledgment she was supposed to get and they went to find out and were told that she was just forgotten. Honestly, this is totally unforgivable. Without us knowing it, the director announced to the empty gym, like that would make a difference. She gave her the corsage she had been wearing, like that would make up for it.
I felt so bad for her, there was nothing that could be done to make up for it. Her shining moment had not happened, was gone. A used corsage is hardly acceptable as an apology. Quite frankly, it is like a slap in the face in my opinion.
Lisha decided to find out what happened and why, she talked with the director and while she was apologetic, she had no answer. What I find so totally strange is the fact that the woman KNEW there were 3 recipients, why didn't she say something when they only handed out two awards????? It really makes no sense.
We went back to Dee's house for cake and champagne with a heavy heart, but we are still so VERY PROUD of her and what she has done!
Denisa, please know that I know this post does not even come close to making up for what has happened, but I wanted to share with the world just how special you are and how wrong Crowder College Nursing Department was! We love you and couldn't be more proud of you! Going back to school as an adult, having to take care of your family as well as all the studying and clinicals and all you went through, you have had a HUGE accomplishment!
As I stated yesterday on facebook before all this went down, "You is smart, you is kind, YOU is important!"