OGDEN -- If Alan and Jeanne Hall hadn't met at Weber State University, their family tree might not bleed purple.
The couple met in a psychology class during their senior year at the university and later got married. They raised six children -- Aaron, Laura, Adam, Eric, Christian and Megan -- all of whom have graduated from WSU.
Even their children's spouses are graduating as Wildcats. This spring, the last adult in the clan, Curtis Funk, will graduate from WSU, and Alan Hall, his father in-law, will sign his diploma as chairman of the university trustees. His graduation will make a total of 14 members of the Hall family to wear a purple tassel on their graduation caps.
"Weber State University is a treasure of learning, self-development and knowledge that will bless not only the individual student, but their posterity and the whole community," said Jeanne Hall.
Jeanne attended WSU after being offered a music scholarship. Alan attended on a basketball scholarship. Both graduated with a degree in psychology. Jeanne went on to earn advanced degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah and worked nearly 20 years as a school counselor with at-risk high school students. She now serves as a volunteer in the community, working with several nonprofit agencies helping women and children. Jeanne also was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Alan is an entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist, and was the founder and chairman of MarketStar and Grow Utah. His WSU diploma hangs in his office.
Funk, who is married to Megan, will graduate this spring with a degree in technical sales. He is the president of the Weber Entrepreneurs Association and owns two companies: Funeralrecording.com and Tukios.
Megan has a degree in education and is a teacher at Majestic Elementary School. The couple, who claim they bleed "deep purple," have fond memories of WSU. Some of their favorite and most influential professors included Kay Gillespie, Richard Gee and Steve Eichmeier.
Aaron Hall graduated with a degree in technical sales. His wife, Kim, has a degree in lifestyle management with an emphasis on health and fitness. She was also a member of the drill team while attending WSU.
Kim's parents also graduated from WSU and were season basketball ticket holders.
"I have fond memories of attending basketball games as well as many football games as a junior Wildcat member," she said. "My mom also encouraged us to try out for plays at Weber State. I ended up performing in 'The King and I' and 'Annie Get Your Gun.' I had a lot of fun, so it just seemed like a natural fit for me to go to Weber State for my college education."
Christian said his parents set an amazing example that he wanted to follow, so attending WSU was the first step. Both he and his wife, Emily, received scholarships to the university and both graduated in technical sales.
"In talking to friends that have gone to other institutions, you do not receive the personalization that you do at Weber State," Christian said. "I've also heard at other places contact with your professor is almost impossible. While attending Weber State it was so nice to be able to work directly with professors and have those relationships."
Some of their fondest memories include watching the men's basketball team play in the March Madness tournament, having the late Dr. Kent Van De Graaff as a professor and working in the grants department.
A technical sales degree was also earned by Adam and Eric. Adam's wife, Annette, has a degree in secondary education. Eric's wife, Cami, has a degree in health promotion. Laura earned a degree in nursing. Her husband, Matt West, has a degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
"My best memories are some of the tough courses I had and the friendships I had with fellow students," West said.
"In addition, a few of my college professors were strong influences on me and definitely prepared me for tough challenges coming in my work life."
The Hall family hopes the Wildcat legacy will continue with their children and grandchildren. All say they will continue to be involved in one shape or form with WSU.
"Weber State has been a major part of our lives for over 45 years," Alan Hall said. "We will continue to support our alma mater in every way possible for the rest of our lives. I have told my grandchildren they all need to be Wildcats."