On May 21, Angela Carriker walked across the stage in Memorial Hall to receive her Bethel degree in social work, and her mother, Doña, came immediately after to receive her degree in nursing. The two were among 101 graduates who received their diplomas at Bethel’s 113th commencement.
This wasn’t the first time the two graduated together. Two years ago, Angela and Doña earned associate degrees from Colby Community College in their hometown. Both knew they would be going on for four-year degrees, and looked for a college that offered both social work and nursing.
For the past two years, they lived together in an apartment across the street from campus. They enjoyed being able to support each other in their studies and work, and even to borrow each other’s makeup on occasion, says Angela, even though it wasn’t easy to leave husband/father Gene Carriker and other family members behind in Colby.
The whole family illustrated its strong commitment to helping Angela and Doña finish their undergraduate education by showing up four generations strong for the nurses’ pinning ceremony on May 20 and commencement exercises the next day.