Ted Parker ’22 is graduating from University of Puget Sound with a degree in English

Ted Parker ’22 fully intended to finish his bachelor’s degree when he first enrolled at University of Puget Sound in the fall of 1974. But after four years—and three majors—he had a wife, he had a job, and he was ready to begin the next chapter of his life. The only thing he didn’t have was a bachelor’s degree.

“I simply ran out of time,” Parker says. “By 1978, life was moving on.”

But life would bring him back to Puget Sound. After a long and successful career in information technology and software development, including a stint as an entrepreneur, Parker returned to Washington to complete the degree he’d started nearly 50 years earlier.