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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Graduation & Mother's Day

Mother's Day
In the US it is Mother's Day today. This is a good day to celebrate what Mom's mean to us. For Joseph, Elizabeth and Tim they celebrate the goodness of their hero GLORIA. She is a great example of a true Latter-day Saint woman. Like most women it is difficult to convince her of it. We love her and honor her today. There are 527 missionaries who think of her as their 'mission mum' today too.

Friday was Commencement for Joseph and we all celebrated his graduation from the University of Utah. The program was impressive, with over 7100 graduates awarded Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees. The traditional pomp and pageantry was presented with Joseph seated in the rear of the main floor of the Huntsman Center with all the Masters and Doctoral candidates. David McCullough received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree and gave the commencement address. His talk was very impressive (as are his books including John Adams and 1776 among others). Read his remarks here: Brittany Anne Gadbury, graduating in English as well as Modern Dance, was the student speaker, she was terrific. (You can read her remarks here:

In the afternoon Joseph had two different 'convocation' events (where your name is read and you receive your diploma cover) one for the College of Social and Behavioral Science (his Political Science degree) and the other the College of Humanities (his International Studies degree). It was a beautiful day in many ways. Afterwards we walked the campus and took photos.

Hinckley Institute Internship
Last week those who completed internships through the Hinckley Institute were hosted at an event and had their photo taken. Joseph recieved a nice letter as well. He has loved his experience with the Disability Law Center and they have asked him to continue to work there. They appreciate his abilities, he makes a significant contribution to their efforts.

Spring Soccer for Ethan
Spring is now in full swing and Joseph's nephew Ethan began playing Soccer for the first time. WHAT FUN.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on graduating from the U Joseph, you are an awesome man with all that you have accomplish with all of your schooling.

Jamie Faurschou

May 13, 2009, 5:35:00 PM  

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