As 18-year-old Thomas Lynch walked across the stage during graduation, his father Jim Lynch was there to shake his hand and give him a big hug -- both men, now alumni of Eastern High School.
"I've been looking forward to this day for the past thirteen years. I'm not just walking across that stage for myself. I'm walking across the stage for my family," says Thomas.
"It's something my wife and I always knew, our kids would go to Eastern High School. And we're just committed to Eastern High School. And he had a great time there. And so today will be extra special," says Thomas' father Jim Lynch.
Thomas is the fourth generation in the Lynch family to graduate from Eastern. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather graduated from there as well.
"My father was in the first class as was Carol's, my wife's father, was also a graduate a graduate of Lansing Eastern, in fact their spouses also," explains Thomas' grandfather Lance Lynch.
Thomas' mother, too, is a graduate of the same school. In fact, his parents were high school sweethearts.
"We have a lot of family members that went to Eastern, and we're strong supporters of the Lansing School District. We believe in the teachers and the education they get there. And Eastern's a great academic school," says Thomas' mother Kittie Lynch.
On Saturday, more than 700 students graduated from the Lansing School District -- 256 of them from Eastern High School.
"Moving on to the next challenge, I guess, to college and seeing what I'm made of," says Thomas.
Thomas plans to attend L-C-C then Alma College while majoring in history, and his ultimate goal is to become a teacher at Eastern. Thomas has three other siblings that will eventually graduate from Eastern High School.