Father, daughter, son all graduate on same day from Doane
While Commencement marks a special day for each and every graduate, Saturday’s Commencement ceremony at Doane was uniquely special for one family.
Frank Chacon, Jr. ’19L, a technology specialist at Doane, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management on Saturday. Frank was a part of the morning Commencement ceremony, which recognized graduates from the College of Professional Studies and College of Education. In the afternoon, he was able to watch his son, Frank Chacon III ’19, and his daughter, Vergillia Amaya ’19 receive their diplomas during the College of Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony.
“It was very unusual but also very neat,” Frank Jr. said. “It was heartwarming and fun to see my kids graduate the same day I did. Just to show them that I’m working full-time and going to school full-time and if I can do it, they can too.”
Frank Jr. started his undergraduate degree on Doane’s Lincoln campus in 2013, but had taken some time off from school. Last year, when he knew his kids would graduate this May, he decided to try to push forward to graduate with them.
“At first, I didn’t want to take away from their day, even though they are two separate ceremonies,” he said. “But I asked my son how he would feel if I graduated the same day as him and Vergillia and he said it would be great.”
Frank III graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Vergillia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Frank III took after his father and minored in Information Technology. He says that he would like to stay in Nebraska and find a job in the technology field. Vergillia will be moving to Oregon with her fiance and will be going to nursing school next.
“It’s exciting to share this with a couple of family members,” she said. “I’m glad that we did it together. I was surprised we were able to do that, it’s a good feeling.”
Frank, Jr. will also be moving. After nearly eight years working at Doane, he will be moving back home to California.
“I’ve worked Commencement for the last seven years and I’m always amazed by it,” he said. “Now to be a part of it in the ceremony, it feels just as good as working it.”
Frank III, or “Frankie,” says it’s bittersweet to graduate from Doane and see his family move away.
“I’m really glad I came here,” he said. “It’s opened up a lot of opportunities for me. Doane will always have a special place in my heart.”