LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - More than 800 people walked across the stage at McNeese State University's spring graduation on Saturday.
It was a record-setting day for the university. The spring 2013 graduation was the largest in school history.
For one family, it was a double celebration.
Kirt and Hunter Loupe, a father and son, both finished their college careers in May of 2013.
"To accomplish something I started back in 1979 is a great accomplishment," Kirt said. "But to have that ability and get to share it with my son is wonderful."
Kirt went to college in 1979 but never finished. In 2003, he enrolled part-time and began working toward a goal 30 years in the making.
"I started back in 2003 and, of course, running a business and family and trying to keep up with things, well, it took me a little longer," Kirt said. "Finally, 10 years later, I accomplished what I set out to do."
Kirt said the most rewarding part was sharing the day with his son.
"I know not many people have this opportunity to graduate with their dad," Hunter said. "It makes it that much more special to know that you accomplished something with a family member."
However, the day didn't go by without a little competition. Kirt said he is proud to say he walked across the stage first, although Hunter said it was a technicality.
The pair said it was a day they will never forget.