Graduating Together with Associate Degrees was Memorable for 83-year-old Father and 20-year-old Son

Lone Star College CyFair News

Published on: May 27, 2014
One of 83-year-old Ken Levins most joyful life experiences was recently graduating with his 20-year-old son, Herschel, from Lone Star College-CyFair.
When Herschel started here (at LSC-CyFair), he wasn’t driving yet. So, I’d take him to campus and wind up sitting in the student center and visiting with the students there, said Levin. I found myself becoming an advisor on everything from school problems to love life.
He joined the colleges Academy for Lifelong Learning, but felt he wanted more and with a little nudge from his wife Judy and son, Levin returned to school.
I thought, why not? It’d be fun to go to school with my son. I stayed because it became a goal to graduate together, said Levin.
Hershel said his dad offered a different perspective of everything, especially in history classes because he was there after all. Levin said he took classes, like history, that he could not only learn in, but in which he could contribute something.  
How many college students get to be in a class with someone who was actually there during the Depression, World War II, was part of the movement to desegregate Washington, D.C. lunch counters or at anti-war protest marches in the ’60s and ’70s?
Going to college with his father was fun, too, such as performing together at the end of an acting class, said Herschel, though he adds its hard to play hooky with your dad in the same class.
Both father and son have a heart for helping those less fortunate than most from children to veterans. One of Levins last class projects was a presentation on the plight of the homeless. He included Ronald Reagans quote We cant help everyone, but everyone can help someone and that is what he and his son do not only in their community but …

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