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.