May 3, 2009

Jake Graduates!




So Jake did it. He graduated with his MBA in International Management on May 1, 2009 from Thunderbird School of Global Management. The ceremony was amazing and I loved every second of it. I am so grateful to Jake for his hard work and dedication to school. He has put in a lot of hours over the last couple years to this degree. The last month in particular was particularily brutal. I probably saw him an hour each day as he was up until 2:00 AM almost every night doing homework and preparing presentations and applying for jobs. I wanted to pay a small tribute to him by publically telling him how grateful I am for his drive and sense of responsibility for our family. I have never once heard him complain about the long hours and personal sacrifice that was required to complete such an achievement. He always did his duty, always knowing what it was he needed to accomplish and did it without ever looking back. I love him so much and couldn't be more proud and happy that he has accomplished this. Congraulations to my sweetheart!!! I also want to thank his parents for their life-long support of him and instilling him at a young age with a sense of responsibility and an ability to work hard without complaint. I am so grateful to Barbara and Larry for raising a son who has a true testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and is honest in everything that he does. He is a true model of integrity and I know he learned that from his parents. Thank you to everyone else (i.e. my parents and others) who have supported us on this long and difficult path. We love all the friends we have made and will treasure our friendships with them forever. Thank you to everyone. Last of all, I want to thank God for providing and upholding us every step of the way, giving us strength beyond our own.

Jake I love you so much, congratulations!!!! This is Amazing!!!

(a special thanks to Jen Westenskow for giving me these fabulous pictures)
for some reason I can't get them to download so I will add them soon

17 comments:

EmWJ said...

Congrats both Jake and Kim, because I know Kim did a lot of supporting.

You two are amazing!

I'm excited to see what's next!

Let the Good Times Roll said...

CONGRATS JAKE, you did it! Kim, that was an incredible tribute. You guys are so awesome. We are so glad we met you both. We will treasure all the fun time we had together and hope there are many more in the future. I know you will both be successful in whatever the future holds for you. Can't wait to see the pictures.

Let the Good Times Roll said...

PS - I love that picture of the two of you on your blog heading, you both look great!

Doug and Marilyn said...

Awesome! Congrats Jake.

Bryt, Liz (Ed), and Ellie Christensen said...

Hey Congrats to both of you! By the way I took your Jazz side bar stats and put them on my blog and I just noticed our backgrounds on our blogs are the same too! haha. Best of luck to you both as you move on to 1 of you graduated!

Fit - Healthy - Strong said...

That's so exiting!! congrats, congrats, congrats!!!

The Payne's said...

Congrats! That is so awesome!!

The Smith's said...

Congrats Jake on your graduation, that is pretty freaking awesome. Now you get to go to work everyday like me. Yeah for us. Just kidding, working is way better than going to school. Good luck with the job hunt. Keep us posted.

Nate

Erika Hanks said...

Congrats Jake!!!!! We are sure excited for you guys and hope to visit you in San Fran! Keep us updated! Hopefully we can see you again before you move!

Jen Petty said...

Congratulations to both of you! The graduate may turn in all of the assignments, but the spouse has to put up with it all. Doesn't it feel great to be done?
Eric
(Jen wanted to make sure everyone knew it was me who said the above comment.)

Randi said...

Congratulations Jake!! We love and miss you guys!

The Bryger Family said...

So AWESOME Jake!!! What a great accomplishment. I can't wait for Bry to be in a cap and gown... if I can convience him to put one on again. I am way happy for both you and Kim!!!

Kasey

Chelsey said...

Congrats Jake- I can't believe they let you graduate with all the cheating and everything. Let us know where you are headed and what you will be doing.

Also, I disagree with Eric Petty- the spouse has nothing to do with it.

Eric

Cody and Sara McArthur said...

I can not believe this day is finally here! You gratuated from Thunderbird! This is amazing! You guys truly are so driven and passionate about your education. I love you both and wish we could have been there...can you believe Jake, no more school!!!! Have fun in Panama stay away from the Swine and we will see you soon!

Renae said...

So awesome! I'm so excited for your upcoming adventures! I'm so glad we got to be in YWs together. I know that the girls really looked up to you, and I know you'll continue to do great things!

Joanna said...

Congratulations Jake! Kim, Wow what a tribute and what a supportive wife! We are so happy for you both! You two are one excellent looking couple! We hope to hang out with you sometime soon!

Cody and Meg said...

Come on Jake! Lets see some Panama pics!!!

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