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Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:37
BGSU graduates Jacqueline Frake Davis (left) and mother Ann Frake (right) are seen together at the University’s 278th commencement Friday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Mothers and daughters share a lot during their lives. But one such duo shared something special Friday night: walking across the stage and earning master’s degrees from Bowling Green State University.
Ann Frake, Oakwood, and her daughter, Jacquelyn Frake Davis, accomplished this at commencement this past weekend.
Frake received her online master’s of arts in English, specializing in language arts teaching. Davis received her master’s in educational administration and supervision.
For Frake, it meant doing something she’d initially not really wanted to do: go back to school.
“I had an English degree,” she said. “I’d gotten an English degree about 30 years ago from Northern Illinois University, and didn’t have much interest in going for a master’s then. But my husband got his master’s and, you know, my children going through college – we have two daughters – I’d gone through the forms, doing FAFSAs, and I’d just enjoyed talking about their classes and just got that going again.”
The idea crystallized when her daughter graduated from her undergraduate program about five years ago.
“And, more to the point, Bowling Green came up with the wonderful online program for English majors,” Frake said.
The program took Frake two years and one semester to complete, and at times posed something of a challenge.
“I hadn’t been in school for almost 30 years when I started the program. Then it was online,” she said. “I love my laptop and I love the internet and I like online, and I was thinking, that’s good. I wasn’t really intimidated to begin with. And yet, there were moments when I was pretty intimidated. There was still a pretty good leaning curve on the technology when I got into it. People were really nice in my classes and I would ask stupid questions and they would be very patient anyway. And that was great.”
The graduation of both mother and daughter on the same night wasn’t originally in the cards.
“We sure didn’t plan on that,” said Frake. “We didn’t start with that. And it seemed like it was going to be a miss a couple of times. But mine got delayed a semester, and she took an option to wait to walk. (Jacquelyn) could have walked” earlier this year, “and she opted to wait to walk with me. And so that just made it all the nicer, all the sweeter.”
Davis herself, newly married to her “Falcon Flame” Garrett Davis, teaches Spanish at Wayne Trace High School in Haviland. She completed her degree through a blend of online and face-to-face classes.
Frake currently teaches composition at Northwest State Community College in Archbold – also a new development as of last semester.
“Before this I did not work at a community college. That’s a new job for me ... to teach at a community college level. And I just really have enjoyed this past semester. It has been great.”
“I had subbed in the public schools for around 10 years, but I really like having my own classes. I like the interaction with the students. I just really enjoyed it,” she said. “I enjoyed planning classes that weren’t boring.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 10:51

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