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Mother and son celebrate graduation

Kimberly Young and her son Aiden By Sharon Gray

Aiden Young is very proud of his mom, Kimberly Young, who is graduating with her nursing degree May 30. He’ll be in the audience and also attending the dinner and dance for the nursing class of 2008.

Ms. Young decided to go back to university to study nursing when Aiden was in Grade 1. She had already completed three years towards a science degree, and after the experience of childbirth became interested in pursing a career in nursing.

When Aiden finishes Grade 4 in June, they will move to Ms. Young’s hometown of Marystown. She has a job lined up and said it will be good for both of them to be near her parents.

The most difficult part of being a single mother during the past four years was daycare, said Ms. Young. “Sometimes my clinical course would run until 7:30 p.m. and I had to rely on my sister or friends to pick Aiden up.”

Despite the demands on her time, Ms. Young managed to volunteer as president of the Nursing Society last year and co-ordinate the Nursing Charity Ball. This year she is vice-president of her graduating class.

“Looking back I don’t know how I did it all,” she said. “The academics were challenging but I studied and kept up. I found many of the faculty members were supportive of my situation.”

The biggest challenge, said Ms. Young, was keeping up with Aiden’s homework and school projects. She’s looking forward to her new life in Marystown and spending more time with son and parents.