A Hospital Holds A Baby Graduation Ceremony And It’s So Heartwarming

The premature babies get a mini graduation ceremony for when they leave intensive care

Graduation is always a sentimental time. Whether you’re 17 years old and graduating from high school, 21 years old and graduating from university, or not even 1 year old and graduating from hospital.

Wait… what?

CaroMont Regional Medical Centre in North Carolina holds a baby graduation ceremony, and it’s every bit as heartwarming as it sounds.

The mini ceremony is held for premature babies who were born at six weeks or more, and ‘graduate’ by moving out of intensive care. Held by neonatal nurse Melissa Jordan and her colleagues, the adorable graduands even get their own personalised graduation cap and a photo to commemorate the occasion.

Jordan tells BuzzFeed, “The programme was started as a way to celebrate this milestone in the babies’ lives.” It first began after the nurse spent time with a baby born at just 29 weeks. “The day he got discharged, we gathered staff and we went in singing and dancing and gave him his cap – and his parents just smiled ear to ear.”

Sound familiar?

Graduation is a special moment for all parents, and this ceremony is no different. “We knew it was something we wanted to keep doing for other families,” Jordan states.

The hospital now has an ongoing baby graduation ceremony programme. “Leaving the NICU can be joyful but also scary and nerve-wracking, so this was our way of bringing a little normalcy to taking to the baby home.”

All images cr: Bella Baby Photography

And we can totally imagine it. Donning a baby grad cap, ready to take on the world of milk and naps, and lot’s and lot’s of laughs.

Sigh. I’m not tearing up, you are.

h/t: Metro