Bryant Elementary students graduate Helena College with honorary degrees

Nolan Lister

It was all smiles on the Helena College Donaldson Campus Friday as about 40 Bryant Elementary fifth-graders received their honorary degrees.

The children spent the past school year shadowing their college student counterparts, attending lectures and exploring the school’s many offerings, from dissecting cow eyeballs in the biology department to learning about wilderness safety in the nursing department.

“I’ve been trying to tell my mom I don’t need to go to college again,” 11-year-old Bryant student Eli Hawkins joked.

Eli said he wanted to have fun with the program, a fact reinforced by his graduation attire: bright pink, flamingo-adorned shorts paired with a black suit jacket.

When asked if he discovered a new potential career path that excited him, Eli said, “At the airport campus, I found out you can learn how to build airplanes.”

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Eli Hawkins, a Bryant Elementary School fifth-grader, walks back to his seat after receiving an honorary degree from Helena College during a graduation ceremony Friday at the college.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

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