Three Generations, One Graduation, Our Hearts Could Burst

Asya Welz is a proud 2022 graduate, but at graduation, her family, including her mom and grandma, did much more than sit clapping and beaming with pride in the audience. They graduated as well. 

The women of the Welz family are the first and only 3 generation graduates from Western Governors University (WGU). Last weekend, all three women got to share this momentous occasion, not just as spectators but as fellow graduates, all receiving their master’s degrees. It was a special moment when they walked together at commencement. 

Three generations graduating on the same day (via Asya Welz)

Grandma, 72, got her master’s degree in business, and Mom (52) and Asya (26) were awarded their Master of Science in Nursing. Asya’s two-year-old daughter Emma was also there to cheer for her mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

And to sweeten the pot, Asya’s grandmother auditioned to be the commencement speaker and was selected out of a hundred applicants. So not only did she walk and get her degree, she had the privilege of addressing her fellow graduates.

You could hear Asya’s pride when she said, “You are NEVER too old to prioritize your education!”

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About Helene Wingens

Helene Wingens has always been passionate about painting pictures with words. She graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in psychology and three years later from Boston University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. In a year long clerkship for an appellate judge Helene honed her writing skills by drafting weekly appellate memoranda. She practiced law until she practically perfected it and after taking a brief twenty year hiatus to raise her three children she began writing a personal blog Her essays have been published in: Scary Mommy, Kveller, The Forward, and Grown and Flown where she is Managing Editor. You can visit Helene's website here

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