Former Bulldog Rob Bordson Reflects on College Graduation in Wake of Coronavirus

Created: March 28, 2020 10:38 PM

Since 2007, over 20 Bulldogs have departed the men's hockey program early to turn pro.


Scott Perunovich added his name to that list Friday. The junior defenseman signed with the blues, forgoing his final year of eligibility.

Ten years ago, in 2010, Duluth native Rob Bordson made a similar decision.

In his third season skating at UMD the forward signed with the Anaheim Ducks putting his academic career on hold.

In 2019, 12 years after he started college in  2010, he walked across the stage earning his degree from UMD.

Had he not returned to Duluth from playing professional hockey in Sweden that year, his wait for a college degree could have been longer. Bordson was recently required to put his professional career on hold due to coronavirus, returning home to Minnesota from Finland.

"What if this happened in that time? Would I have been able to finish? Are they going to be able to just pass these classes? I don't know. I know graduation was very special for me. I was proudly walked across stage and I'm sure a lot of athletes do that and students in general," commented Bordson on graduation college.

Not only are athletics are on pause but academic events as well.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior, the College of St. Scholastica and UMD have canceled graduation ceremonies and are considering postponement or virtual options.

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