It seemed only filling then that the one thing her mother attempted to do to recognize her accomplishments would go hilariously wrong, ending in Gambrel's 15 minutes of fame.
The family now calls it the "cat cake."
Laura Gambrel's mom, Carol Gambrel, went to the local bakery to get her daughter a graduation cake with a picture of her face, a scroll and the school's colors - red and white. She thought it would be a nice touch to add a graduation cap on top of Gambrel's head.
However, the family now believes, the baker must have misheard the mother's instructions and accidentally wrote down, "try to draw a cat on the head," instead of cap.
"I can only image them doing it and thinking I was going to vet school or something," Laura Gambrel told GoodMorningAmerica.com.