Mother & son to "walk" at commencement

(05-07-2014)

Attending Adams State University is a family tradition for many. Dyan Anderson and her son, Gavin Davis, are one inter-generational pair who will receive degrees together at Spring Commencement, May 10. It seems to run in the family: Anderson's husband, Hoyt, shared his graduation in 1997 with his mother, Lorraine Westbrook.

Saturday's undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Adams State's Plachy Hall. The commencement address will be given by former SLV District Attorney, Cathy Mullens, who graduated from Adams State in 1982.

Anderson completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Adams State's online program, while Davis is earning a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing.

When his mother went back to school, Davis was able to help her with technology and procedures. "It was a role reversal," he said.

Anderson has three additional children at home and continued working full-time for Valley-wide Health Systems' nurse-family partnership while earning her BSN. An associate's degree registered nurse since 1998, she's held this position for 12 years, making home visits to first-time mothers-to-be.

"I see changes in myself as a result of my BSN," Anderson said. "I'm taking on more responsibility and leadership roles." She represents Valley-wide on the Nurse Practice Council and hopes to eventually become a nurse practitioner.

Davis has already moved into management with the family business, La Jara Trading Post, at which he has worked in various capacities since age 12. He transferred to Adams State after two years at a larger university. He said he didn't mind taking general education courses with 350 classmates, but, "It's been really nice to have my major courses in business be in a smaller, more interactive environment."

By Julie Waechter