“Nothing is the same as it was back then,” Newland said.
So has Newland’s family. Newman and his wife, Barbara, now have 58 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Fifteen of them will be at the commencement ceremony to finally see Newman get his degree.
Even that will be something new. Like many, Newman misplaced his degree years ago. OU will provide him with a copy tonight.
“You just can’t describe the feeling,” Newland said. “It’s something that I’ve waited for a long time and I’m glad they will all be there.”