Xavier Magazine

To the Second Degree

On graduation day, most parents follow their kids around with cameras trying to capture every Kodak moment. Two moms took it a step further at the University’s May commencement, though. They followed their kids onto the graduation floor. Xavier employees Kathy Boutiere and Kay Ohradzansky joined their children by receiving their degrees, too.

Boutiere, a staff assistant in financial administration, earned a bachelor’s degree in communications alongside her son, Joel, who received the same degree.

“I worried about being with younger students for classes, but it was a really good experience,” says Kathy. “I teased Joel a lot about the fact that we’d be sitting together.”

Ohradzansky, a staff assistant with information systems and services, earned an associate’s degree in organizational communications, while her daughter, Sara, received a bachelor’s degree in political science.

“I wasn’t going to walk at first, but then Sara said, ‘No, you have to walk too.’ ” Cheering them on was husband/father Joseph, Class of 1969, and son/brother Joe, Class of 1997.

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