Friends and family staged a commencement ceremony for Saige Nicole Dawson on Saturday at her home in Richmond.

Dawson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin this spring with a degree in biology and pre-med. Her parents are Sydney Dawson and Sandy Spiller Dawson.

Grandfather Van Spiller joined the festive occasion in the River’s Edge subdivision.

Family friend and professor Vicki Villarreal Bayer, wearing full doctorate regalia, gave the commencement speech on the Dawson’s front lawn as family, friends and neighbors looked.

Bayer graduated with Dawson’s mom in 1980. The new graduate completed the ceremony with the traditional tossing of her cap into the air

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