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...s way from the gymnasium to the Griffin Arches. The courtyard was filled with parents and families anxiously awaiting this time honored tradition cameras were ready many flash bulbs were already going off. As I said earlier that I used this moment as motivation because the only time I ever walked through this arch in any capacity was at the welcome reception in 1989. I mindfully respected it and now it was my time to go through a second time, on the way out as an official graduate. As I stepped through the arches my Mother and wife to be Lisa Hagerty, along with my Aunt and Brother awaited me on the other side. I remember walking up to my Mother and Lisa and embraced them in a simultaneous hug before weeping uncontrollably for a few minutes. All the work, the emotion, the effort had hit me all at once… I walked through Griffith Arch a college graduate and a champion!
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