TribLIVE

| Neighborhoods


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Grandmother's dress makes Hampton girl's graduation special

By Bethany Hofstetter
Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Tira McCall has a strong relationship with her maternal grandmother and now the pair shares another special bond.

McCall, 18, of Hampton, attended Hampton High School's commencement ceremony on June 7 at Fridley Field in the same dress her grandmother Caroline Gillono, 81, of Leechburg, wore to her 1949 graduation from Leechburg High School.

“It was special to me … because she means a lot to me,” McCall said. “It felt awesome to walk down (on the field).”

McCall, named after Gillono's maiden name, said she was “adamant” about wanting to wear the white eyelet dress after Gillono found it while cleaning out her closet.

McCall's mother, Joanne McCall, cleaned decades of discoloration out of the fabric with Woolite and white vinegar and replaced the crystal-like buttons with ones from McCall's dance costumes. A friend also updated the dress by shortening the hem and removing one of the double collars.

McCall said as she sat with her graduating class, in her grandmother's dress, she caught the eye of her grandmother sitting in the stadium.

“It was a moment we had,” she said.

McCall will attend Carlow University in the fall with plans to study perfusion technology.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read North Hills

  1. Shaler tax rate stays steady
  2. Hampton High grad earns Miss Pennsylvania title
  3. Shaler Area reaches contract agreement through June 20, 2019 with superintendent
  4. North Hills principal aims to make world ‘a better place’
  5. Proposed housing plan in Ross tabled following concerns
  6. Program offers Pine-Richland students look at career options
  7. Ross store’s discount helps Al’s Bike Drive to brighten Christmas
  8. West View property-tax rate holds steady
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.