After years away, football player returns home to graduate from UHV

Dec. 9, 2011 at 6:09 a.m.
Updated Dec. 10, 2011 at 6:10 a.m.

Brian Boehm

Brian Boehm

After five years away from his hometown, life's circumstances brought Brian Boehm, somewhat begrudgingly, back to his parents' Victoria home.

But on Saturday, Boehm, 25, will be one of more than 500 students to graduate from the University of Houston-Victoria.

The commencement is in Katy, with ZZ Packer, a creative writing professor and novelist, as its speaker.

"It's a huge weight lifted off my shoulders," Boehm said of graduating.

Those big, broad shoulders initially led the 2004 Memorial High School graduate to the University of Houston main campus to play football. There, he played for three years as a tight end before quitting football to try a different route at the University of North Texas.

When the pressures of the economy started to culminate, Boehm moved back home to go to UHV.

"It's never easy moving back in with your parents when you're 23," Boehm said with a laugh.

But the arrangement worked out its kinks quickly, and Boehm said he was happy to see his family regularly, especially his brother. He also found an atmosphere at UHV that helped him succeed.

"One of the biggest differences that I noticed that I like is the size of the school," he said. "I'm a hands-on person, and I like to communicate with my teachers."

UHV turned out to be quite a bit more economically viable, too, he said.

"It was night and day compared to a bigger university and definitely easy on the wallet."

Though Boehm completed his degree this semester, he said he'll wait until spring to walk across the stage at the graduation in Victoria.

It hasn't quite hit him yet, he said, that his journey through school is over.

But soon, he could be off again, ready to go wherever his degree in history takes him.

"I'm excited about the thought of looking for something I really want to do and that I'll be happy with doing for the rest of my life," he said.

The 6-foot-5 graduate will rely once again on those shoulders that have carried him this far.

"I know I've got a good head on my shoulders from my parents, how they raised me," Boehm said.



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