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Holbert receives graduation ring, a dream come true
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On Saturday, April 5, Mary Evelyn Hobert was presented her long awaited high school ring in a traditional black graduation cap and gown with a black and gold tassel.
Contributed photo On Saturday, April 5, Mary Evelyn Hobert was presented her long awaited high school ring in a traditional black graduation cap and gown with a black and gold tassel.
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Below: Evelyn's children and grandchildren had a graduation ring custom made to match the rings presented in 1938.
Below: Evelyn's children and grandchildren had a graduation ring custom made to match the rings presented in 1938.
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WOODSBORO – On an evening in Vivian, La., June 1938, a proud, yet forlorn, Mary Evelyn Holbert, sat on stage awaiting her high school graduation.

She was the first and only member of her family to achieve this accomplishment in a time when putting food on the table took priority to an education and especially buying a graduation ring.

Although Evelyn knew her mom and sisters were proud of her, she did not think they were going to be able to attend her graduation.

As she waited for her name to be called, she recounts the tears of joy which ran down her face as three familiar faces slowly emerged from the crowd.

As the years have passed, she would reminisce of her graduation and how she longed for a graduation ring and picture as a confirmation of that proud day.

Her children and grandchildren decided to research Evelyn’s high school and how graduation rings looked back then.

On Saturday evening, April, 5, Evelyn’s two children, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren traveled back in time to 1938 as they watched in honor (either face to face or via technology), Evelyn’s dream finally become a reality.

Donning a traditional black graduation cap and gown with a black and gold tassel, Mary Evelyn Holbert walked gracefully across the room as she was presented her high school graduation ring while Pomp and Circumstance played softly in the background.

Evelyn Wilson’s legacy still continues as she can proudly boast her children and grandchildren each graduated from college and will endure as her great-grandchildren continue to value the importance of an education.
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