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May 15, 2019 – AURORA, Colo. – Tracy Geiler didn’t set out to earn a degree at the Community College of Aurora.
When her son, Ian Compian-Geiler, began to take concurrent enrollment classes seven years ago, Tracy wanted to take classes with him. Since Ian was homeschooled, Tracy wanted to ensure he was ready to succeed in higher education.
“Ian was really nervous to start. He hadn’t been in a public school setting,” Tracy said. “It gave him some comfort having me there.”
As Ian continued his education at CCA, he took classes separate from Tracy but she decided to continue her education as well.
This spring when Ian was set to graduate, Tracy thought she would check to see if she had enough credits to graduate – she did.
“For fun, I thought I would just see,” Tracy said. “I wasn’t intending to earn a degree.”
Tracy and Ian received their degrees during the May 11 Community College of Aurora commencement ceremony at Magness Arena in the Ritchie Center at the University of Denver. Geiler and her son were among more than 300 graduates who received their diplomas during the ceremony.
Tracy Geiler earned an Associate of General Studies degree and Ian earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology. Ian is planning to attend University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in the fall and Tracy is not sure what she may do next.
“I would like to continue taking classes,” Tracy said. “I might like to fall into a degree again – math or art.”
Tracy is proud of Ian and for graduating from college debt free while working full-time. Their family has also dealt with some medical issues as they earned their degrees but they persevered.
“No one can take this away from us,” Geiler said. “It was a very special moment. He’s proud of me as well.”
About the Community College of Aurora (CCA)
The Community College of Aurora (CCA) provides high-quality instruction and student support services to Aurora and Denver, Colorado. The college offers courses on two campuses, online and through its high school concurrent-enrollment program, helping students prepare for employment or transfer to a four-year institution.