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Two Generations Graduate Together at the UVA School of Law

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One of University of Virginia’s graduates walked the stage Sunday to receive his diploma, many years delayed.

Bert Sachs has been retired for two decades after a long, successful career as a judge. He finished UVA Law in 1957 but there's one thing he had never done, gotten his diploma.

 Sunday, that finally changed as his granddaughter graduated from UVA Law.

As graduation kicked off for the UVA School of Law Sunday, Bert Sachs sat in the front row. He was there to watch his granddaughter, Shira Furman, get her diploma.

 “Walking the lawn is a great tradition, a very impressive, scenic thing.” said Sachs.

But on this day, Shira wouldn't be the only member of the family receiving the honors from Mr. Jefferson's university.

Sachs went to UVA Law in the 1950's but never actually got to walk at graduation. His wife says the family needed money at the time and she was pregnant with Shira's mother

Sachs went on to serve in the military and then had a long career as a judge. But he never got handed that piece of paper.

 “I felt after all the work he's done, that he should walk, but there was no way, we didn't have the money.” stated Bert’s wife, Sarita Sachs.

So the law school's dean helped the family plan a memorable moment, having two generations graduate together.

 “I just thought that would be a really great moment for him to share. It's just a really special weekend for us.” said Furman.

Back at the hotel, hugs for everyone in the family. And a little humor from the new graduate as his granddaughter gets ready to start her legal career.

“She's got a job where I couldn't have gotten in after law school except maybe to sweep floors, empty ash trays and I’m so very proud of her.” said Sachs. 

Shira Furman is now off to Boston, where she's taken a job at a law firm.

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