In a weird gesture, a woman has celebrated her success at becoming a medical doctor by marrying her own degree certificate.
years: a long-term commitment to her medical education. So to celebrate
her leap from student to resident at a hospital, the 27-year-old native
Texan decided to throw a party to mark the occasion. And not just any
party; a full-on formal “Graduwedding.”
to her “enmatchment” and the many things she’s thrilled about when it
comes to her new venture as a degree-holding doctor. There’s also an “enmatchment” photo shoot on the beach.
classic celebration of matrimony: Angie will enter wearing a white
dress, and besides dancing, there will be “speeches, a delicious
dinner, a traditional Graduwedding cake, and a specially designed
Snapchat filter to savor the memories!” as she explains on the site.
in particular, feel pressure to pursue one or the other: the career or
the marriage. And when we really only celebrate one, it sends a clear
message about what we’re expected to focus on,” Hamouie told TIME.
Graduwedding tradition continues, but I hope more people will focus on
celebrating their educational achievements in a huge way, whatever type
of training, degree, or certificate they’ve earned.” So far, the response to her plan has been “overwhelmingly positive,” she added.
Perhaps Hamouie has kicked off a whole new trend—one that doesn’t
require compromises on the guest list.Hamouie attended medical school at
the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, she writes, before
heading to Columbia University in New York to pursue a Master of Public
with a residency at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she
plans to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology.