A Dickinson College graduate who missed his commencement ceremony due to a hospitalization got a surprise on Saturday from his alma mater.
David Swenson, a native of Simsbury, Connecticut, was able to take his first post-graduate steps and get his diploma courtesy of a special ceremony organized by the college and Swenson’s mother, Laura Harrison Swenson, who graduated from Dickinson in 1985.
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Dickinson hosted the special graduation ceremony at Old West, complete with the college president and provost in full regalia, music and a ceremonial gift from the alumni association. Laura Swenson presented her son with his diploma during the ceremony.
David Swenson graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international studies and music, and received the Fulbright Scholarship. He will spend two years in Spain teaching English.