December 16, 2011

Fall 2011 Senior Ring Ceremony holds intriguing, sentimental storylines

Senator-Elect R.L. “Bret” Allain II (1980 BACH ENGR), of Jeanerette, La., expected to sit with his wife, Kim, to watch their daughter, Emma, receive her senior ring. Mom and daughter had other plans.

“My children and I wanted to surprise Bret with his LSU ring at the ring ceremony,” said Kim Allain.

And they did! Until the family arrived at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, Bret Allain didn’t know that he would be sitting among the honorees, not in the audience.

“My dad never got a ring when he graduated from LSU in agricultural engineering, so my mom and I decided to surprise him – even though he said he didn’t want one,” said Emma Allain. “It was a memorable moment to share with my dad especially because we will both have engineering degrees as second and third generation LSU graduates. I decided to get a senior ring to have a reminder of all of my accomplishments at LSU, and now my dad can have one too.”

Even as Bret Allain jokingly murmured to his wife and daughter, “I’ll get you back for this,” he admitted to being delighted.

“I couldn’t afford to buy a ring when I graduated,” he said. “I was very touched that my family surprised me at the ring ceremony with my LSU ring. It was even more meaningful sharing the ceremony and being presented with my daughter.”

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This story was extracted from an article written by  Jackie Bartkiewicz and published by the LSU Alumni Association. To read the full article, click here.




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