By Katrina Seeley, Staff Writer
Kashley Weymouth, who will receive a degree in elementary education with a concentration in language arts, will have a special friend joining her at the graduation ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). Anne Fyfe Goggin who Weymouth calls Grammy G, will be walking in the procession of the ceremony.
Goggin, who found out about this special day online, will be celebrating her 50th class reunion with other alumni from her graduating class. “I am looking forward to seeing my granddaughter graduate as well as seeing my fellow UMF classmates,” said Goggin. “I do not see them often and some I have not seen since graduation.”
Goggin also graduated UMF with a degree in elementary education with a concentration in language arts. After getting her bachelor’s degree, Goggin received her master’s degree seven years later at UMF. She taught first grade for 36 years and is now retired.
Weymouth remembers going into her grandmother’s classroom and using all of her supplies. “I would play school hours on end and never get bored,” said Weymouth. Teaching has always been a dream profession for her. Having Grammy G as a role model and source of inspiration has helped her achieve it.
Goggin told Weymoth during Easter Brunch about her involvement in graduation. “Grammy G started chuckling and said, ‘you will never believe what I will be doing on your graduation day,’” said Weymouth. She was very happy to hear the news because of all of the help Grammy G has given throughout her life. Weymouth admits she would not be where she is today without her.
50 years ago Goggin, who was one of 84 graduates, celebrated her commencement ceremony inside the Dearborn Gymnasium. She shared a vivid memory of when her doploma was passed to her on stage. “I was ready to start my teaching career,” said Goggin. She is looking forward to watching Weymouth and her best friends enjoy their special day as she did 50 years ago.
Weymouth is hoping to find a teaching job for next year. She has applied for many available positions in central and southern Maine. She admits graduation is a bittersweet time and cannot believe how fast four years have gone by. “I have had the best professors at UMF; they are so caring and always willing to help any student no matter what,” said Weymouth. “I could go on and on about how great this place is.”