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Lamar graduates celebrate, one pops the question
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
More than one-thousand Lamar University students walked the stage today at the Montagne Center in Beaumont. Ceremonies were staggered throughout the morning and afternoon.
After the ceremony, graduates flooded out of the Montagne Center to meet awaiting families and friends outside. Families hugged, took pictures, and celebrated.
Manon Henderson says she's happy to be alive to see her son, Calbert Blackwood, graduate.
"I'm glad that I'm able to be here to see it, and still alive to see this day, because I got sick one time, and didn't think I was going to make it," said Henderson, "but God saw fit for me to still be here to see this day happen."
Henderson says Blackwood is her first son to graduate from college. Now that he has his degree, Blackwood plans to launch a personal training business with two friends.
"It feels amazing," said Blackwood. "It's been a long journey, a long struggle, it wasn't easy financially, physically, mentally. Lost a lot of sleep, made a lot of sacrifices, but it was definitely worth it. Definitely worth it."
For other students, the job hunt is just beginning.
"Yes it's a big change!" said graduate, Katie Romero. "Time to grow up and be an adult."
Not only did today mark a new beginning in graduate's careers, for one couple it's the beginning of their new life together.
"Here it is!" exclaims Nocona Burton as she shows off the ring on her left ring finger.
Burton's boyfriend, Christopher Champine, seized the moment after graduating, and popped the question.
"The last three months I really decided this was the time to do it, so, I did it!" said Champine. "Thought it would be a good day. Everybody's together, both families are together."
"One-hundred percent amazing! I'm so in shock, look at me I'm shaking," said Burton.
Lamar University President Dr. Kenneth Evans wishes his students happy moments like this one, and a lifetime of success.
"But not in the way that you would think 'success' as exclusively with regard to career and whatever they earn in the way of income, but success in life, happiness. Finding ways to give back to society, being connected, enriching other peoples' lives, all of that," said Dr. Evans.
Burton and Champine plan to move to Denton where they will start their new life together.