Columbia College Affinity Magazine: Summer 2020

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“My life as a dad became immeasurably more fulfilling when Molly came to campus,” John says. “Joy and laughter, sweat and tears, hugs and celebrations. Sharing these emotions and experiences day-in and day-out made these last four years some of the most memorable and rewarding years of my life.”

The trio shared countless victories and accolades over the years, but nothing would be more meaningful than the three on stage together on graduation day as John was scheduled to hand his wife and daughter their diplomas. With the ceremony postponed, the family celebrated a “social-distancing graduation” and were perfectly happy to just be together. –CFP

The Klein family had much to celebrate this spring. After four years of being coached on the soccer field by her dad, Cougars coach John Klein, Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing and Sports Management on the same day her mom, Julie, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching.

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By the time Julie started classes, Molly had already made her mark at CC. On the pitch, she was selected conference Player of the Year and was twice named Honorable Mention All-America; in the classroom, Molly earned Academic All-District honors.

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Midway through her college journey, Molly gained a second parent on campus as her mom, Julie, decided to pursue a master’s degree. The two became professionals at shutting down the library, and Molly became an expert at showing her mom the technological ins and outs used by students today.