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Grandpa Graduates Nursing Program in Kennewick

Steven Stokes has been a salesman, a broker, and even a truckdriver. But tonight he was part of WSU's graduating nursing program.

Steve walked down the isle, one of the two male graduates in the 11 person class.

He said, "I'm looking forward to starting over and putting another 30 years into a new career."

Graduates like Steve talked about giving a shot for the first time and dealing with all the work that comes with a nursing program. But with today's graduation all got a chance to appreciate their successes.

Steve's grandfather Wilferd Stokes said, "I always joke with him. He's had some wonderful grades. He's had a almost a 4.0 all along."

Steve will head into psychiatric nursing with the 10 other graduates going into a variety of fields. He hopes his degree will help his 15 grandchildren and 7 sons and daughters.

He said, "I guess one of the things I wanted to do was inspire the younger members of the family to get a higher education.

WSU Dean Anne Hirsch said the graduates are stepping into a field with many chances to succeed. She said, "I cannot tell you how many people in this community, in this country, and in the world are in need of people with such training."

Graduates were presented with their pins and given awards for their accomplishments. Steve says that he learned a lot both inside and outside the classroom. He said, "I think the message is that your never  too old to start over."