For Fox Island family, graduation comes in threes

Tesa and Dave Johnson celebrated three graduations for three sons in three days

Staff writerJune 25, 2014 

The three Johnson boys, flanked by their parents, gather after a big weekend where all three graduated from different institutions.


Graduation is a busy time, but for one Fox Island family it was busy times three.

Brothers Ian, 25, Seth, 22, and Noah Johnson, 18, all graduated from different schools during Father’s Day weekend, said proud mom Tesa Johnson.

What the family dubbed “Gradupalooza 2014” all began on June 13 with Ian’s graduation from the University of Washington Tacoma. The next day it was Seth’s turn to walk across the stage for his degree in civil engineering at the University of Washington Seattle. Finally, youngest son Noah had his turn at the Gig Harbor High School graduation on Father’s Day, June 15.

On top of all that, patriarch Dave Johnson celebrated his 56th birthday on Father’s Day at Noah’s graduation.

“He felt proud seeing their names in the graduation programs,” mother Tesa Johnson said in email.

To relax and celebrate, the family joined some other family members and their graduates in Hawaii for the week.

All three Johnson boys were born and raised on Fox Island and went to Peninsula School District schools. Tesa said that the education they received and the access to AP classes contributed to their success. Noah was awarded a medal as part of the Gig Harbor Top 10 students.

Noah will be the latest Husky in the family; he plans to attend University of Washington in the fall. He’ll be in the Honors program, studying mechanical engineering.

Ian has a full-time, year-round position as IT manager at Crystal Mountain. He also serves in the Coast Guard Reserve and may move on to get his master’s degree in a few years.

Seth plans to stay in the Seattle area and work in the engineering field. But first he and his friends will be taking a summer road trip down the coast. He may get his master’s in a few years, just like Ian.

It’s likely the Johnsons will have a few more graduations to attend in the future.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 Twitter: @gateway_karen

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