Family affair: Kingman dad, daughter pick up Northern Arizona University diplomas

Honey Bahre and dad Ron Bahre earned diplomas this spring from Northern Arizona University.<BR>KIM STEELE/Miner

Honey Bahre and dad Ron Bahre earned diplomas this spring from Northern Arizona University.<BR>KIM STEELE/Miner

KINGMAN - Ron and Honey Bahre couldn't be prouder of each other.

The father and daughter, who both work for the Kingman Unified School District, graduated a day apart in May from Northern Arizona University. Honey, a lab monitor/classroom aide at Kingman High School, received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Ron, a technology teacher at Kingman Middle School, got a master's degree in educational technology. Both are seeking to broaden their careers and move up the ladder.

"It was kind of nice to shove it in my dad's face that I graduated first, even though his degree is bigger," teased Honey, 24, who graduated May 10 at NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff.

"Seriously, it was great to share this experience and have him watch me walk across the stage and then me watch him the next day. I'm very proud of him. His dedication to education helped me strive to do better and prove to him that I could do what he did."

Honey said she transferred to KHS in February after working as a learning strategy teacher for two years at KMS. But she has no desire to teach and pursued criminal justice for a career in probation or researching illegal drugs and how they impact society.

Honey said she has always been interested in government, law and politics, and likes studying the social side of drugs, such as what different age groups experience when using them and how those youths are affected.

Ron, 53, said he is pleased his daughter completed college and received her degree, which he encourages all his students to do so they have a better chance at a successful life. Ron, who attended class while working full-time, said he got his master's degree so he can move out of the classroom and into administration where decisions are being made. He encouraged Honey to follow in his footsteps, which she plans to do.

"I'm very proud of my daughter for what she has accomplished," said Ron. "She's the only one of my five kids who went on to college. What she's done is a big deal and I couldn't be happier for her."

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