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Dec 17, 2016

Big Accomplishments In The Ismail Household

December has been the busiest month for our family and it has nothing to do with the holiday season. Both my older daughter Chardonnay and my husband Dwayne graduated from college within days of each other (Dec 9th & 12th). Let me tell you, it's no easy task pulling off two graduations so close together. We had a celebration for both of them in our home that Sunday in between the actual ceremonies. I'm happy to say that we got through it all with minimal stress and everything came together beautifully.

Chardonnay graduated Magna Cum Laude with Leadership Distinction from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications. She was able to graduate a semester early because she had all of the credits she needed. This was her dream since she was 5 years old to become a Gamecock and go to the University of South Carolina. Her strong work ethic and will took her all the way! She plans to continue her education to obtain her graduate degree.

The graduate with her very proud parents. 

We are truly a Gamecock family 

My husband Dwayne, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He also gave the Invocation (prayer) for the ceremony. The whole ceremony from beginning to end was outstanding and even little William shed some tears. This was such a challenge for Dwayne to work full time, take care of his family, having the responsibility of being his mother's caregiver, as well as attend classes. By God's Grace and his determination, he made it through. Dwayne is a great example to anyone (especially working adults with families) that you can do it!

This isn't a great quality photo, but I was able to grab a video clip and screen captured this photo of Dwayne saying the prayer. I had to hold myself together to keep the phone still. Truly an inspirational and memorable moment. What a blessing! 

It was SO chilly when it was time to take photos! This is why we all had jackets on.

These two buddies were SO happy to be reunited after the ceremony. William is his father's number one fan. 
This has been such a wonderful time of celebration for our family. None of this could have been possible without faith and teamwork. Go Dwayne and Chardonnay! 🙌


  1. Family goals! You and Dwayne are great parents, raising brilliant kids. So incredibly proud of y'all! I'm off to donate to his mom's medical fund. It takes a village. I hope it helps. Love y'all!

    1. Thank you so much, Sheena! You are so sweet and I really do appreciate you. Love ya, friend! xoxo

  2. December has been an amazing month for your family. Congrats to everyone. Well done mom!

  3. Congrats to both Dwayne and Chardonnay on their graduation! They both sound like incredibly hard workers.

    1. Thank you so much! They are indeed super hard workers.

  4. The photos are just wonderful! You must be extremely proud of your family and the accomplishments they have achieved. Best wishes and much success to them both.
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  5. Congrats to you and your family. I know you are very proud. Enjoy this moment and what it brings.

  6. Aw, congrats to you mama! You've done good and so have your graduates. I know you are proud!

  7. Aww, congrats to you and your family on the big accomplishments! Here's wishing them both many more successes in the future!


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