updated 5/12/2008 3:56:19 PM ET 2008-05-12T19:56:19

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Tom McLelland was both proud papa and happy grad during commencement at an Ohio law school.

McLelland, 58, and his son, Ryan, graduated together with law degrees from Ohio Northern University in Ada and may open a practice together at home in Utah.

"It's something we've talked about for the last five years," the elder McLelland, a former human resources manager for the state Department of Corrections, said before the ceremony.

Ryan McLelland said he and his dad took almost every class together. "We could help each other a lot better," he said.

A new challenge in life
Tom, who lived in West Jordan before going back to school, is interested in labor and employment law and Ryan, a father of three, is interested in family law.

"I'm a little nervous," Tom said. "I'm looking forward to a new challenge in life."

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