6,300 miles away in Kuwait, 26 year old Army Sergeant and Cooley Law School graduate Christopher Horvath became a licensed attorney.
"We're very proud of Christoper. I've seen him work really hard," said Horvath's father Gregory. "Every since he was a little boy --- he was just so organized. I wish I was more like him."
A hero to both his father and younger brother Nicholas, who is also in the Army National Guard,
"Chris is my role model for sure," said Nicholas. "It's a proud moment for all of us -- it's amazing to see him accomplish so much so far."
Horvath's newlywed wife Dena sat proudly as he was sworn in. They got married in June, he took the Bar exam in July and shipped out in early November. Their marriage and career was on the fast track. Dena is set to graduate from Cooley Law School in December.
"I miss him everyday," said Dena. "Soon after we found out that passed the Bar, we had to make a special date to swear-in because he couldn't make the one the school put on."
Chief Judge William Murphy of the Michigan Court of Appeals and Chief Judge Paul Maloney of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan made sure that Horvath was able be a part of this ceremony. Dressed in his fatigues with his fellow soldiers supporting him he made it official, finally.
"I remember going to boot camp thinking it was easier than law school," Horvath joked. "Boot camp was a break."
The ceremony was a culmination of years of hard work but the recognition wasn't an honor for just Christopher Horvath and his family.
"It means a lot for every American at Thanksgiving because we're so grateful for what the military does for us and protecting our rights," said Don DeLuc, the dean of Cooley Law School.
It was already Thanksgiving Day in Kuwait, a fitting occasion for the Horvath family.
"I feel incredibly relieved and so proud," said Dena. "When he comes home from Kuwait we can't wait to start our lives together as newlyweds and lawyers."