In August 2015 when Michelle was first diagnosed, she was in Boise preparing to start an internship as an elementary school counselor. This was one of the final hoops to jump through for Michelle to get her second master's degree! She had worked very hard, even earning honors for academic achievement.
Although Michelle was not able to officially finish the necessary coursework for the degree, the faculty at Michelle's school, University of Texas, wanted to recognize Michelle for her hard work and achievement. At the graduation ceremony in Tyler, Texas this December, Michelle was honored with a posthumous degree.
We are so grateful for the kindness of the faculty at the University of Texas, for everyone who helped Michelle with her studies, and for Michelle's example of dedication and hard work. She had a sweet group of friends and family, some who traveled very long distances, who gathered in Texas to remember and honor her.