Edgar ‘E.W.’ Ford, Jr. C’78, receives his diploma atage 91Unable to attend his own Commencement, hismailed diploma never arrived.At a ceremony preceding the 2013 School ofProfessional & Continuing Studies CommencementExercises, Ford ﬁnally received his long-delayeddiploma.
To celebrate the School’s ﬁftieth Anniversary, alumni were asked to don regalia and walkin with students at Commencement.Among those alumni was Ford.
35 years ago, Ford was unable to attend his 1979 graduation ceremony.And for all theseyears, Ford and his diploma remained estranged.
When he received his invitation to participate as an alumnus, Ford contactedTeresaGlassman in SPCS. He was ecstatic to receive the invitation, but something was missing.
On May 11, 2013, immediately prior to Commencement, Dean Narduzzi invited alumniparticipants to join President Ayers and him for breakfast, then walk to the Robins Center.
Edgar and his wife, Geraldine, attended the breakfast. Narduzzi and Ayers had workedwith the University Registrar on a surprise for Edgar, to be presented at the breakfast.
With his fellow alumni looking on, President Ayers and Dean Narduzzi presented Fordwith a new diploma for his degree, the Associate in Applied Studies.
With the grip of a man decades younger, the 91-year-old Ford grasped the hand ofPresident Ayers in heartfelt appreciation for the gesture.
And following the recognition breakfast and ceremony, Ford walked in his ﬁrst Universityof Richmond Commencement ceremony, 35 years after his graduation date.
With the entire Robins Center crowd in attendance, Narduzzi recognized Ford amongthe alumni participants, culminating the School’s yearlong anniversary celebration.