The figures at the center of this story go by Pat, Ryan and Regan McGill.
The trio is completing a remarkable triple crown of graduation-significance: Pat, the father, is graduating with his son and daughter this semester.
“So pretty grateful for that.” Pat is graduating in construction management, Ryan is getting an exercise science degree while Regan’s diploma will read psychology and women’s and gender studies.
Walking across the stage at Eastern Michigan University, it’s an inflection point of familial academia sure to be celebrated.
“We’ll laugh, we’ll talk, I’m sure we’ll cry,” said Ryan.
“It will be a crying moment for sure,” said Pat.
The timing is somewhat serendipitous, somewhat on purpose.
Pat has been a police officer with EMU public safety for two decades.
While Regan met her degree requirements in May, Ryan reached his credit threshold in December.
“I’m very proud of both of them,” said Pat.
He’s proud of himself too, but too humble to say so.
“He’s accomplished so much,” Regan said.
Pat, while wearing a police uniform, has even busted their friends at parties.
Future plans remain somewhat unknown, but all three have a direction they’re following.
Regan has plans for graduate school or the Air Force.
Pat has future plans as well, aspiring to perfect the Microsoft PowerPoint skills he’s recently acquired.
He also has an 8-year-old daughter he may just graduate next to someday.
“Hey, I’m kind of young,” laughed Pat.