Amazing day! Two graduations states apart for one family

Campbell University 2016 Winter Commencement

Kelsey Komyathy’s parents had a complex problem to solve – how to be at Kelsey’s graduation from Campbell University’s pharmacy program in North Carolina and also be at her sister’s graduation from dental school in Michigan on the same day. With a lot of planning, they made it happen!

Kelsey is from Okemos, Michigan, which is about 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Detroit. She fell in love with Campbell and moved to NC for college. Her sister, Jordan, wanted to be a dentist and attended dental school at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan.

After years of advanced study, both sisters learned their graduation ceremonies were going to be on May 12, 2017!

Their parents dearly wanted to be at each girls’ graduation ceremony to celebrate their hard work and major accomplishments, but how?

Well, the good news is that Jordan’s graduation was scheduled for 9 a.m. and Kelsey’s at 3 p.m. After lots of consideration and planning, parents, Greg and Angie; grandfather, Richard LeBlanc; and Jordan’s husband, Shane, attended Jordan’s graduation in Michigan and then took a private plane to the Harnett County Jetport to attend Kelsey’s graduation.

“It was a whirl-wind day for my family, but it all worked out,” said Kelsey. “There were some tense moments in the plane when the pilot realized there were storms in the Harnett County area that afternoon, but they made it safely.”

“Jordan brought her cap and gown, so we could take pictures together in our regalia. It was such a special day!”

Kelsey’s aunt and uncle, Mary-Jo and Dave LeBlanc, from Iowa, came to NC for the pre-graduation celebrations for Kelsey.

“Our family had a lot to celebrate, and I’m so glad we could all be together!”

Kelsey graduated from our dual degree PharmD/MBA program and is currently completing a residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY. She plans to go into internal medicine and hopes to be back in NC very soon.


Billy Liggett Director of Publications

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