ROCKFORD (WREX) – 112 people make up this year’s graduating class at OSF Saint Anthony College of Nursing.
Among them are Brandon and Sarah May, husband and wife who came all the way from California to continue their education in Rockford.
“Connections that they have with the faculty, the education that they give you. Everything is at such a high level that I really respect this school,” said Brandon May.
The school’s notoriety and faith based foundation led to the May’s finding a new home in the Forest City.
“The diversity and the background of even how it started is pretty homey. It’s cool,” said Sarah May.
The couple took advantage of their new environment, becoming standout members of the nursing program.
“Whether it’s a community service project or whether it’s a photo shoot for marketing, they’ve been there for everything,” said Associate Dean for Support Services Nancy Sanders.
“They could’ve gone absolutely anywhere, but they zeroed in on us and it was wonderful. It’s been wonderful working with them all the way through.”
The road to Rockford wasn’t just a trip for two. Brandon and Sarah have a son along for the ride as well.
Now three year old Airo made the move with mom and dad and has been by their side for the entire journey.
“Every time we pass it he’s like ‘There’s mommy and daddy’s school. There’s Saint Anthony’s’. He’s great about it,” said Sarah.
As they get ready for their next step, the lasting impression from their stay in the stateline has taught them to cherish the people around them.
“Our family is back in California and now we’ll be leaving our family we established here so it’s important to make those important connections and I think that’s the biggest take away from this whole experience,” said Brandon.
After graduation, he May’s will be going south to the University of Tennessee to start graduate school.