Congratulations, Mom!


This past Saturday marked a momentous occasion. My mom graduated from her graduate school program in Nursing Education. It’s been a crazy 18 months with her taking on an accelerated program, my dad getting laid off and finding a new job, my engagement and wedding plans, my sister starting college, and all the while juggling a full time job as a maternity nurse. It’s been a long time coming. And it’s finally here. Did I mention she was also invited into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau? Personally, I don’t know how she did it, but she did! She’s a rockstar.

Her project was entitled “Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Clinical Simulation During a Maternity Nursing Scenario”. She walked about 100 nursing students through a full maternity simulation. As in robots. As in robots that can simulate birth. With pistons that push out robot babies! The technology is here, and I’m proud to say my mom is in the forefront of the research with maternity-focused simulations. I’m also pretty stoked to say that I taught her about Google Docs Forms which helped her collect data for her project. Had to throw my two cents in!


Dr. Gonzales (my mom’s advisor) pre-hooding.


Hooded with the Master’s hood.


My mom shared her San Jose State University stole with my dad, as thanks for support for making it through the program together.


My parents are cute.




My aunt and grandma.

I’m so proud of my mom’s accomplishment. After many late nights working delivering babies and late nights writing and revising her paper, she made it through and submitted her project for publication. I hope it gets published! With her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, she’ll be teaching tomorrow’s nurses. Woo hoo! Congratulations, Mom!

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  • Reply Auntie Kathleen 05.26.2009 at 12:57 pm

    That’s my big sister, Maria. She was my rock when I was a kid, and is still the stalwart one we all look up to. Congratulations! Love the pix. The nurses of tomorrow are lucky to have her as a teacher. Really proud of all of you, how you support each other. The look on Maria’s face is precious. So proud and happy. Graduation days are so special. :)

    I’m going to use your blog entry for my blog entry today. The world has got to know about the Ronquillos.


    Auntie Kathleen

  • Reply whitney elizabeth 05.27.2009 at 1:27 pm

    congrats catie’s mom!!!! you rock!! what an inspiration to everyone :)

  • Reply La Meche 05.27.2009 at 4:17 pm

    sniffle, sniffle i love to rread and see great blogs about my smart family! Great going Catie!!

  • Reply Lydia 05.28.2009 at 9:54 am

    Congratulations to your mom! I love the pictures you got of your mom giving her sole of gratitude to your dad!

  • Reply Tita Belen & Tito Bert 06.03.2009 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Catie, we’re your Mom and Dad’s longtime friends from UPCC. Just wanted to let you know how impressed we are with your God-given talent in photography and creative writing…you are awesome! But that shouldn’t surprise us, of course you take after your parents especially your Super Mom Maria! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, they’re so vibrant and alive. I wish one day soon we can pose for you. :) These next few weeks will be very exciting for you and your family. Congratulations and best wishes, Catie. We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to shower you and your hubby-to-be with more blessings…and lotsa kids??!!
    Hugs from, Tita Belen, Tito Bert and our only-just-turned-20 Albert

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