This year’s graduation at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin will be a record breaking one for the school. As reported by WLUK Fox 11, an incredible nine sets of multiples, eight pairs of twins and three-quarters of a set of quadruplets (Elizabeth, Nicole, and Stephanie Hietpas’ brother Michael attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point), will be walking in the ceremony. It’s more multiples than the school has ever had.
The 19 students have shared a unique college experience and enjoyed certain advantages because they attended the school with their siblings. Senior Ashley Saskowski lived with her twin sister Amber all four years and said, “You definitely have a friend no matter what.”
Aside from social perks, the multiples like Morgan and Michael Heim, who shared the same area of study, had an academic leg up. “We kind of helped each other on a lot of projects,” said Michael Heim.
For some of the multiples, graduation won’t mark the end of their togetherness. Communications major Jolene Kerner said, “We’re getting an apartment together for the summer, so we’re going to try to stick together, near each other, but we’re obviously not going to have the same career path.” Jolene’s twin sister Jaclyn is a biology major and hopes to attend a Physician Assistant school.