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November 16, 2007

Albany - - It's been a long road for a couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They picked up and moved to South Georgia after they lost everything. When they got here, they enrolled at Albany Technical College.

Friday, they were rewarded with degrees. 

This young couple has been married for five years now.

"I went to her senior prom," Matt Geiken says.

They've shared many milestones. Friday, they shared another.

"It's something he's been wanting to do before he was 30 and finally got to do it," Janice Geiken says.

He got to graduate from college. It means a lot for Matt Geiken. He and his wife were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

"Just being set back like that, losing a job, losing a home, I wasn't sure I'd be motivated to go back to college again," he says.

But he found a home at Albany Technical College. His wife Janice already had two other diplomas. She went back to school for a third.

Friday, there were seats with their names at Albany Tech's graduation. Both of their parents came to support.

"Seeing those kids grow up and losing a part of that childhood along the way. They don't need you as much as they once did but that's what we all hope for our children," says their mother Lynn Geiken.

She prays that they'll succeed, despite any odds that come against them.

"Right when I get up here from Katrina I wanted to kinda pick up and keep going," Geiken says.

And he did. They both did...together. 

Four hundred students graduated from Albany Tech tonight at the Hyper Gym at Albany State.

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