DASSEL, COKATO, MN – As Bjorn Bakke waited for his name to be called at Liberty University’s April commencement exercises in Lynchburg, PA, where he was about to collect his masters of divinity degree, he grew reminiscent.
“I was thankful for my wife, Crystal, who encouraged me and stood by my side,” he recalled, “and I thought about my dad and how proud he’d be.”
Bjorn, currently a middle school social studies teacher for Dassel-Cokato, said he was also thinking back to his many hours of reading, writing, and studying, and was feeling a sense of accomplishment and relief.
In the audience, Bjorn’s family eagerly awaited his walk across the commencement stage, too. After all, they played a big part of his figurative and literal journey.
Bjorn’s biggest fans, Crystal, Mason (13), Erica (11), Julia (9), and Kylan (6), had all been with him as the family road-tripped from Minnesota to Virginia for Bjorn’s big day.
“It was a vacation the whole family will never forget,” Crystal said.
Their trip began at 2:30 p.m. the Thursday prior to graduation, and the family drove straight though to Liberty University in Virginia by 4:30 p.m., the next day.
They made it to the university in time to get Bjorn checked in for the next day’s commencement, and finally checked into their hotel.
After a good night’s sleep, the family was ready for the excitement of graduation day.
The commencement took place at Arthur L. Williams Stadium at Liberty University.
The couple describe the stadium as feeling “electric” as the audience anticipated the arrival of the event’s speaker, President Donald Trump.
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Bjorn Bakke was delighted to have his family with him at his recent graduation from Liberty University in Virginia. Joining him at the celebration were his children, Kylan, Mason, Julia, Erica; and his wife Crystal.