"Graduating for Two"
In one of my ADEP classes students were talking about the upcoming graduation. One classmate mentioned that he was absolutely walking at the graduation because he was walking for 'two.' When I asked why, he explained that he was a heart transplant recipient of a 17 year old boy that was never able to go to college so his mission in life was to complete his degree and walk for both of them in the boy's memory.
At the undergraduate ceremony he spoke. This was the most inspiring story that I ever witnessed during a commencement ceremony. The ADEP program made it possible for an older man to return to college and complete his dream for two.
My favorite part of being employed here at CLU is seeing the students grow from their freshman to sophomore year and beyond.
Today, 37 years later, I still remember my arrival and do not regret it.
I think this is one of CLU’s strong points- there were always faculty members encouraging us to press on.
The CLU community opened my awareness, embraced my talents and gave needed meaning to my life.
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