Most of you knew that Jenna was one semester away from graduating from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Global Studies and minors in International Relations and Leadership. (You may have read the post when she missed graduating with her class: ¨Supposed To¨ http://thruamomseyes.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/supposed-to.html) We fought all year to get her well enough to be able to go back to school and finish that dream. She often talked about being able to go back to university...it was one of the things that kept her motivated under duress these ten months. And she was so close! But as she grew weaker and sicker in September and finally graduated to heaven instead on October the 19th, it became clear that it was not to be.
However, in that last week in the hospital we received an incredible surprise. I am so glad she was able to watch this video that was sent to her and receive this beautiful news. Bruce and I both broke down and cried when we heard/saw it. What a gift from APU to our family...
Shortly after receiving this video, we received an email from one of Jenna´s favorite professors, her anthropology professor. She wrote asking if a visit from someone from APU for just an hour would be a blessing to us as a family. Of course! Especially if it was her! (Dr. Wu had written to me several times throughout this year asking about Jenna, encouraging me as a Mom and followed the blog closely.) We couldn´t believe someone would come all the way to Spain just to be with Jenna for an hour! She was so sensitive and insistent that she not cut in on any of our family time with her in what looked like her last days. Dr. Frances Wu confirmed her travel plans with me to arrive on October 19th at 1pm. She hand carried Jenna´s diploma with her all the way with every intention of handing it to her personally.
(This honorary degree, ¨Honoris Causa¨, means in Latin
¨for the sake of the honor¨. It was indeed an honor!
We are sure that Jenna received her reward -
her honor, if you will - in heaven that same day.)
We feel so blessed as parents to have received this incredibly special diploma, granted in an amazing gesture of generosity by her university. We are grateful to APU and the staff there who made this remarkable honor possible.