U-M's first set of triplets prepares to graduate.
s triplets, Sheri, Erica and Elliot Jankelovitz have
always done things together. They grew up in
West Bloomfield together watching University
of Michigan football, attended high school together and
enrolled at U-M together in the fall of 2006. At the time, they
were the first set of triplets to enroll together at the university,
according to admissions records.
So it's only natural that the triplets will graduate together
May 1 in the Big House. Having President Barack Obama as
the graduation speaker makes the day extra special, they say.
"How many people can say they've graduated at the Big
House with Obama as the speaker?" says Erica, a senior in
the Literature, Science and the Arts honors program, who is
receiving a bachelor's degree in organizational studies with
high honors. She will begin dasses at U-M Law School in
June. "It doesn't get any better than this:'
Sheri, who worked as a film critic for the Michigan
Daily for 3 1/2 years, is graduating with a bachelor's
degree in secondary education. She spent the last
semester as a student teacher at Pioneer High School
in Ann Arbor. In August, she will marry Adam
Horwitz, who also is graduating May 1. Both are from
Still searching for a teaching job in Michigan, she
Sheri, Elliot and Erica Jankelovitz are the first triplets to
hopes Obama will talk about improving the nation's
enroll together at U-M.
"In the classroom, I have seen the state place so
much emphasis on test scores and there's no plan to help stu- who started a college fund when the triplets were born, also
will be at the football stadium. Getting three kids through
dents who are falling through the cracks:" she says.
college at the same time was a real challenge. The parents
Elliot, a U-M cheerleader during his senior year and a
covered many semesters of tuition, as well as room and
member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, is receiving a
board. The triplets took out student loans to cover the rest.
bachelor's degree in sociology. He will begin a career in sales
"We are glad they love us so much': Erica says. "They are
extremely proud of us and we are so fortunate that they can
"I want to hear what Obama is going to do about the
be there E
economy',' Elliot says."It's the worst in Michigan. I remember
when he got elected — he said he was going to do all these
This article was first published by the University of Michigan
Their proud parents, Eva Hamburger and Stuart Jankelovitz,
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