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Family First: Hamline Mother and Son Graduation

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Jordan was a student athlete at Hamline who spent significant time on the Klas track running sprint events and relays.

“Playing track and field -- that’s how Coach Schmaedeke talks about it -- connected me to my lifelong friendships at Hamline while keeping me grounded throughout my four years,” says Jordan.

Klas Field played a key role in Jordan’s time at Hamline. He spent hours training and ran his best times during the MIAC Championship Meet held in the facility. A weekly lunch in the Klas Center with his mother, Mary, was also a highlight.

Mary, impressed by Jordan’s off-the-track academic experiences, decided to pursue a graduate degree at Hamline.

“I chose Hamline partly because Jordan was attending but truly because Hamline's curriculum, I felt, was a richer quality program when compared to other MPA programs,” Mary says.

The mother and son shared a handful of the same professors. Occasionally, they proofread each other's papers and ran topics past each other.

Mary also has fond memories of Klas Field. One Thursday night she had a class in a room overlooking the track while a meet went on below.

She recalls, “I would stand up and stretch when I knew it was about time for Jordan to run. I was able to watch his races while still being in class. Later, he came up to the window to check in.”

Now, Mary and Jordan are off and running with their Hamline degrees, applying what they learned in their current roles and looking toward the future. Meanwhile, back at Klas Field where their educational journeys began, the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championship will take place this Friday and Saturday. All are welcome to attend. Tickets to the event are $10 for adults and $7 for students. For more information on the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championships, visit: http://www.mshsl.org.