Double college graduation made family proud

| May 2009

Both high school and college graduations hold special memories for me.

I graduated from a small high school. Instead of wearing a cap and gown, I wore a long, bouffant, sky blue, organdy dress, as did all the girls in my class.

After the ceremony, a party was given in my honor at my home. Many friends and relatives came for the festivities. I was the eldest grandchild on both sides of the family, so I received a lot of attention. I thoroughly enjoyed being in the limelight.

I went on to college, earning a bachelor’s degree at South Dakota State University in 1950. I had the honor of sharing this day with my uncle Roy, who had returned from World War II and was receiving his second engineering degree.

This was an extra special day for my mother – seeing her younger brother and daughter graduating on the same day. Aunt Helen was very proud to watch her husband receive his degree.

A few years later, I understood Aunt Helen’s pride when my husband walked across the same stage to receive his bachelor’s degree.

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