Cassie McLeod and Eldon Grothen embraced after each walked across the stage Saturday at Lynn Farrell Arena during the Hastings College commencement ceremony.
McLeod, a 22-year-old Hastings native and Adams Central alum, graduated with a degree in professional accounting 50 years after Grothen, her maternal grandfather, received his bachelor's degree from the college in business administration.
Grothen, now 71, was one of a couple dozen members of the class of 1963 to receive a 50-year certificate at the 2013 commencement.
"I think it's something really neat and exciting," McLeod said. "It shows that even though Hastings College is a small community there are families that continue to go to the school."
Grothen was notified about the celebration of his graduating class's golden anniversary about six months ago.