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May 17, 1999
Susan Beasy Latto Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830

Three Mother-Daughter Teams To Graduate at UMD Commencement Ceremonies, May 22

Three mother-daughter teams will walk across the stage and receive their degrees at UMD commencement ceremonies this Saturday, May 22--- each with equal pride, but each with very different stories of getting to that big day.

Laura Elizabeth Habert and Karen Elizabeth Habert will graduate from the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Program. Mother Karen began her MBA work in 1984, and daughter Laura began in 1997.
Laura administered her mother's last final exam last week in her role as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Jon Pierce.
The two will be seated side-by-side at commencement ceremonies.

Mother-daughter combination Linda LeGarde Grover and Denise LeGarde McNeil will graduate along with their sister and aunt (respectively) Jeanne LeGarde Warttman. All three are non-traditional students; all three are married with children.
Linda and Jeanne come from a family of 14 children. Linda is the oldest girl , and Jeanne is the youngest girl. They each have three children of their own.

Denise has a three-year-old who was born while Denise was a student at UMD. The baby was considerate enough to be born during spring break.

Linda will be receiving a Doctor of Education (EdD) degree; Jeanne, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Community Health; and Denise, a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Early Childhood Studies. Jeanne has been an LPN for 18 years and she has been hired by the Indian Health Services as a Community Health Specialist for the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Kathy Skelton and daughter Sherry Skelton will receive their diplomas together. Mother Kathy has been taking classes since 1986 while raising three daughters and working part-time at UMD to finance her education. She received her bachelors degree from UMD in 1993, and will receiver a Master of Education degree on Saturday.
Daughter Sherry has attended UMD for four years and will receive a degree in elementary education. Sherry will begin working as a missionary aide for the next two years with Chi Alpha organization at UMD.

Laura Habert at 726-8992 (8 a.m. to noon), or 728-3475
Linda LeGarde Grover at 726-8136 or 722-5961
Kathy Skelton at 726-8501 or 525-9459

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