Convocation is always a special event for graduates and their families—but one family in particular has been waiting years for the degree their loved one will finally be given this Saturday.
Raymond Kennedy was born in 1924 in southern Indiana and attended what was then called Morgan Township High School in Harrison County. Students at his school all came from either small villages or farms, and many, including Kennedy, lived without the benefits of running water, central heating or bathrooms. Despite dreams of a higher education, upon graduation Kennedy enlisted in the Army, marrying Nathalia Lee prior to being sent to boot camp. He served in both World War II and the Korean War.
After graduating from the IU School of Education with a B.S. in Education in 1949 and an M.S. in education in 1954, Kennedy was hired to be the Principal of West Baden Springs High School in 1955 at age thirty-one, the youngest high school principal in Indiana. Due to program policies, he could not complete his Ed.D. without leaving his job to be in residence on campus, something that was not possible for him to do. Kennedy died on September 25, 2006, at age 81. Now 17 years after his death, he will finally receive his Ed.D. at this year’s School of Education Convocation ceremony.