While money and diploma frames are common graduation gifts.
One University of Mary Senior is receiving a gift with a true North Dakota touch.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has the story.
(Tracey Weber / U of Mary Grad) "Getting a heifer as my graduation gift, that's definitely a North Dakota. A North Dakota thing."
After 4 years of college a registered Black Angus Bred Heifer is exactly what Tracey Weber asked for to celebrate.
(Tracey Weber / U of Mary Grad) "When dad said you get your pick he knew he was allowing me to pick the cream of the crop and I feel like I did."
Tracey graduates this weekend from the University of Mary with a major in Business Communications and a minor in Public Relations--she's already putting that education to use at Kadrmas Lee and Jackson.
(Tracey Weber / U of Mary Grad) "I am proud of my job at KLJ and graduating from the University of Mary, but it's equivalently important that agriculture stays in my roots and that my family and all those values come along with it. I think that the graduation gift is a great representation of those values."
This Bred heifer is the long lasting tie between Tracey and her farm in New Rockford.
(Tracey Weber / U of Mary Grad) "This is definitely a strings attached gift. I have always helped my family with the farm work and haying and Ag side of it. I always have. Even in college I go back quite a bit on weekends. There is always work to be done and dad appreciates the help."
And it's truly official.
(Tracey Weber / U of Mary Grad) "Dad took out her calf ear tag and put in a new ear tag with the letter J and her number beside it, so J10 is my new heifer."
A new heifer marking a new adventure in life.
University of Mary Graduation is Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. in the Bismarck Civic Center.