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Mother, son, daughter graduate together

Triplets graduated from the University of Rhode Island this weekend. Well, not exactly, but they do share the same genes.

The routine will go something like this: Mia Heissan, 46, a URI lecturer in math, will get her doctorate in math on Saturday. On Sunday, she will award undergraduate diplomas to her two children, Anna and Chip Slaybaugh.

“It’s so great,’’ says the proud mother, who is even more thrilled that her kids are each getting a bachelor’s degree in her beloved field: math. “That’s so cool.’’

It’s not unheard of for URI instructors to award diplomas to their children, but this might be the first time that an instructor is giving out not one but two diplomas to...


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