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    • Edgar ‘E.W.’ Ford, Jr. C’78, receiveshis diploma at age 91Unable to attend his ownCommencement, his mailed diplomanever arrived.At a ceremony preceding the 2013School of Professional & ContinuingStudies Commencement Exercises,Ford finally received his long-delayeddiploma.
    • To celebrate theSchool’s fiftiethAnniversary, alumni wereasked to don regalia andwalk in with students atCommencement.Among those alumniwas Ford.
    • 35 years ago, Fordwas unable toattend his 1979graduationceremony.And forall these years, Fordand his diplomaremained estranged.
    • When he received his invitation toparticipate as an alumnus, FordcontactedTeresa Glassman in SPCS.He was ecstatic to receive theinvitation, but something was missing.
    • On May 11, 2013, immediately priorto Commencement, Dean Narduzziinvited alumni participants to joinPresident Ayers and him for breakfast,then walk to the Robins Center.
    • Edgar and his wife,Geraldine,attended thebreakfast. Narduzziand Ayers hadworked with theUniversity Registraron a surprise forEdgar, to bepresented at thebreakfast.
    • As his fellow alumni lookedon, President Ayers andDean Narduzzi presentedFord with a new diplomafor his degree, theAssociate in AppliedStudies.
    • With the grip of a mandecades younger, the91-year-old Fordgrasped the hand ofPresident Ayers inheartfelt appreciationfor the gesture.
    • And following therecognition breakfastand ceremony, Fordwalked in his firstUniversity ofRichmondCommencementceremony, 35 yearsafter his graduationdate.
    • With the Robins Centercrowd in attendance,Narduzzi recognized Fordamong the alumniparticipants, culminatingthe School’s yearlonganniversary celebration.