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Photo by Jay Clark/ECU News ServicesMay 2013 graduate Mary Highsmith is the fourth generation of family members who have graduated from East Carolina University. She will continue her career as a Pirate this fall by studying in the speech-language pathology master's degree program.

Photo by Jay Clark/ECU News ServicesMay 2013 graduate Mary Highsmith is the fourth generation of family members who have graduated from East Carolina University. She will continue her career as a Pirate this fall by studying in the speech-language pathology master's degree program.

ECU Notes: Pirate has deep roots

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Leona Cox ended up on the front row when the 48 seniors in East Carolina Teacher Training School’s Class of 1915 gathered on the steps of Old Austin for their graduation photo.

“There she is in the middle,” her great-granddaughter, Mary Highsmith, said as she points to the now 98-year-old photo.


“What I am really hoping to do is to get accepted to graduate school here,” Highsmith said, “because that would mean I get my masters degree in 2015, exactly 100 years after the first one of our family.”

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