This Ferris State grad walked the stage with her 10-day-old daughter in her gown
· Dec 22, 2023 ·

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This 24-year-old momma had planned to walk the stage at graduation in Big Rapids, Michigan. with a big ol' belly in front of her, but it turned out little Annibelle wanted out early so she too could experience graduation.

Yes, she walked the graduation stage with her 10-day-old baby in her gown!

Grace Szymchack had a scheduled C-section for 18 December — three days after graduation — and that was a great plan, until baby Annibelle started feeling a little claustrophobic back on the sixth, and made her way out into the world.

"Annabelle decided to come early on Dec. 6," Szymchack told Ferris State University. "But I'd worked hard for this degree, and I was determined to walk with the rest of my class… so I just brought her to graduation with me."

With the 10-day-old baby tucked into her graduation gown, Szymchack received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, magna cum laude, as her husband, Caleb, and the rest of her family cheered her on, the university posted.

Something that baby will be famous for for the rest of her life!

No better degree than one in Early Childhood Education for Grace. She'll have her hands full with Annibelle and her 1-year-old sister, and that education will certainly help — though those momma instincts will cover just about everything.

Here's Grace and her family after graduation:

And of course, we can't leave this one out:

Keep up the great work, Grace!

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