Commencement Stories: St. Charles Man's Degree Is 40 Years in the Making

Commencement Stories: St. Charles Man’s Degree Is 40 Years in the Making

As the old adage goes, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

For St. Charles resident Marty Lombardo, the thought of applying that double-standard to his daughter kicked off a journey that will culminate with the May 14 Northern Illinois University commencement ceremonies.

Marty-Judy (002)Lombardo, 58, attended NIU in the late 1970s, studying art education. But he left NIU in 1980 to enter the workforce. As he advanced his career, the fact he hadn’t finished his degree haunted him.