For Immediate Release
May 14, 2014
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BROCKPORT, NY—Buffie and Rob Edick will be at the SERC this Saturday for the morning undergraduate Commencement ceremony. The proud parents of four will join thousands – including students, parents and friends – as the College honors the Class of 2014. What’s unique about the couple is they won’t be there as guests. Instead, Buffie and Rob, who celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary this August, will each receive degrees from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Raising four children is daunting enough, but imagine both parents being in college at the same time. That’s the way it’s been for the Edicks since 2010 when Buffie enrolled full-time at Brockport to pursue a psychology degree. Rob also enrolled and started taking classes part-time to pursue his earth science degree. He was able to transfer a number of credits from coursework completed over 20 years ago as the result of an associate’s degree from Onondaga Community College and classes at SUNY Oswego.
Both say it’s a more significant accomplishment for the other in terms of earning their first bachelor’s degrees.
“I made this my job so I would put in eight hours a day of classes and homework,” Buffie says. “That was my job so I could get it done whereas Rob has done it because he really wants to. So I think that’s a bigger deal.”
The road to Saturday has not been easy. Rob has spent the last 17 years working overnights at Wegmans – a choice the couple made to better balance the demands of child care. That means Rob’s shift at Wegmans would end just in time for a morning class and, in some cases, an afternoon lab.
The intense, full-time academic schedule for Buffie since the fall of 2010 was made even more challenging by the normal distractions of a household of six.
“He can do homework while the kids are in school. I was trying to develop a plan without having to be up at 2 am. I’ve had to learn how to do homework with music blaring in my ears,” she says with a chuckle.
When they reflect back on their Brockport experience, both point to all levels of support they have received in their time at the College.
“When I came here, I thought I was going to be a fish out of water, but all of the younger people I have dealt with have been very friendly, respectful and supportive,” Rob says.
“Brockport has absolutely wonderful and supporting faculty, staff and students,” says Buffie. “I have been supported every step of the way. If I knocked on a professor’s door, even if I didn’t have them as a professor, they would answer any questions I would have. Everyone is committed to student success.”
—Story written by John McMahon
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