Golden Grad Karl Anderson ’58 returned to see his grandson graduate at Fenway on Sunday, May 7, 2023.

Two generations apart, both proud Northeastern grads

Like grandfather, like grandson—two generations apart, both proud Northeastern grads

Wearing a golden robe and black cap, Karl Anderson sat proudly in a suite above the field at Fenway Park on Sunday. On the field below, Anderson’s grandson Karlan DeWitt marched in the procession wearing his black gown and mortarboard.

A man of few words, when asked if it is exciting to see his grandson graduate, Anderson says, “It is.”

“I’m pretty close to my grandpa,” says DeWitt, who graduated with a degree in biochemistry. “So, getting into Northeastern was awesome.”

Knowing that his grandfather graduated so long ago, he says, “I was honored to follow in his legacy. It’s a full circle now.”

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