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Canada Sisterhood of the travelling gown: Grad wears her great-grandmother's convocation robe

17:20  19 october  2019
17:20  19 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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a person standing in front of a brick building: Tiffany Small poses with her degree while wearing the same gown her great-grandmother wore in 1941. Small is part of the fourth generation of the family to wear the gown. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Tiffany Small poses with her degree while wearing the same gown her great-grandmother wore in 1941. Small is part of the fourth generation of the family to wear the gown.

When Tiffany Small walked across the stage to accept her degree from Memorial University this week in St. John's, she took part in a family tradition that her great-grandmother started decades ago.

For four generations now, members of Small's family have worn the same graduation gown at their convocation.

"I think that she would be definitely proud," Small said about her great-grandmother, Gladys Mae Pike, who graduated from Memorial University College in June 1941.

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Back then, Pike completed a one-year program with the teacher training department.

a close up of a book: The tag on the back of Tiffany Small's graduation gown. It is around eight decades old. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation The tag on the back of Tiffany Small's graduation gown. It is around eight decades old.

Seventy-eight years later, Pike's great-granddaughter received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology, with honours.

The road from then until now involved hardship that many families in Newfoundland and Labrador know all too well.

Passed away at a young age

Pike died of tuberculosis at 33, leaving her oldest child, Small's grandfather, who was only 10 at the time, to help his dad raise five other siblings.

"He kind of took the family under his wing and all the kids kind of grew up a little bit separately because the times were different," Small said.

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a person wearing a suit and tie posing for a photo: Gladys Mae Pike graduated from Memorial University College in June 1941.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Gladys Mae Pike graduated from Memorial University College in June 1941.

Through it all, though, the family kept hold of the gown.

"This gown has been kind of like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," said Small, referring to the bestselling Ann Brashares novel and the subsequent film adaptation of a story about a group of friends who share a single pair of jeans.

The difference is that the gown also tells a story that threads through the decades.

Cut from the same cloth

It's a family tradition — one of Small's second cousins has also worn the gown — but there's also a deeper connection that Small feels with her great-grandmother.

a close up of text on a white background: This is Tiffany Small's great grandmother's teaching certificate from 1941. © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation This is Tiffany Small's great grandmother's teaching certificate from 1941.

"The fact that she did take her education into her own hands — I kind of like to think that I'm carrying that one with me, too," she said.

Small says now it's her turn to look at passing on the torch.

"I'm very passionate about women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and how important it is to encourage young girls," she said.

Small's educational journey isn't stopping with her degree.

She is currently doing a Master's of Science in fisheries technology at the Marine Institute in St. John's.

That means in the next couple of years, she will once again get to wear Gladys Mae Pike's gown.

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