The third degree: Daughter carries on Legacy family’s OU journey

The third degree: Daughter carries on Legacy family’s OU journey

Leming family stands in front of the O'rena
Dan and Teresa Leming have three OU degrees between them. Daughter Sidney (top left) is an Honors College sophomore this fall and her sister, Sophia, 11, cheers the Golden Grizzly men’s basketball team with her family.

Dan Leming, SBA ’16,’13, and his wife Teresa, SBA ’08, regret graduating from Oakland University. Not because they disliked it — because they loved it so much.

Because of different family situations, the couple spent more than two decades working on their degrees, so it became a second home to the Shelby Township, Michigan, residents.


Dan was the first to start singing OU’s praises, in 1995.


He enrolled full time after graduating from Lake Orion High School, getting in two years toward a degree in information technology.


“It is a great school,” Dan said. “I chose it because it was close to home, had small classes and was relatively inexpensive.”


“Then life happened,” Teresa said. Dan got custody of his two children and married her 15 years ago this June, becoming an instant family.


Teresa was Dan’s first OU convert, followed by his second daughter, Sidney Leming, who finished her freshman year in the Honors College in April and is majoring in applied statistics.


“I had been going to University of Michigan-Flint, but that was no longer working after we married, so we both started at OU part time while working full time — actually, we both had two jobs at the time — and raising the girls,” Teresa said.


She liked her experience and in particular, the dedication of the professors.


“I do love that school,” she said. “It has such a great environment for Sidney, too.”

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Life’s roller coaster ride continued to push off graduation for the Lemings. Teresa gave birth to a third daughter, Sophia, in 2004. A couple of months later, Dan was diagnosed with cancer. He received another cancer diagnosis in 2014, taking classes the entire time.


Teresa was first to graduate, in 2008, majoring in management. She uses her degree every day as operations manager at Rochester Hills’ Carlex, which provides foreign language teaching aids to educators.


As does Dan. He is an IT manager at Tyler Technologies in Troy. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 2013, he started on his master’s in information technology management, graduating with honors on April 29, 21 years after beginning his quest. He also accepted an invitation to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honors society.


“It is bittersweet because it’s the end of an era,” Dan explained.


However, daughter Sidney will keep him visiting campus, as will his season tickets to the men’s basketball games.


Sidney recently enrolled in the Exploring Caribbean Music course and will play in a steel drum concert.


“I love that she has all these fun opportunities,” Dan said.


The fun, and her family’s dedication to getting their degrees, helped put OU on her college radar. “I started coming to OU for the basketball games and I always thought the campus was nice,” she said.


When it came time to choose a school, Oakland was her top choice. Now it is her turn to carry on the Leming legacy.