Photograph by Kim Lee Schmidt
Double major
Monica, Paul, C’17, Collin, ’17, and Alex, ’20, Lozo at commencement.

When Richmond’s director of maintenance, Paul Lozo, started talking to his kids about going to college, he knew his message would carry more weight if he also had his degree. So in 2006, he enrolled in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies’ liberal arts bachelor’s degree program.

After taking a break to focus on his young children, Paul returned to the classroom about five years ago. That’s when he realized his timeline had him graduating in 2017 — the same year as his son Collin, a UR business major.

“Once I saw that, it gave me the motivation to make sure that I finished,” Paul said.

Richmond tradition allows employees of the University to present their children with diplomas. When Paul went to fill out the form, an idea came to mind: Maybe Collin could also present him with his diploma.

On May 6, Collin met Paul at the Robins Center stage with his diploma. The next morning, Paul reciprocated.

“It was pretty surreal,” Paul said. “I’m not sure if I was more excited for him handing me my degree or me seeing him walk across the stage.”

Paul is keeping the momentum going. He enrolled in the Richmond MBA program in August. He hopes to graduate in three years — this time sharing commencement with his Spider daughter, Alex.