Like mother, like daughter


The first time Robin Ricker (’14) walked across a Commencement stage in Moody Coliseum with her mother, she was yet to be born.

In 1991, Abilene police officer Mike Ricker cheered as his wife, Phyllis (Griffin ’91) – a clearly expectant mother – was presented her degree in elementary education from Abilene Christian University. Less than a week later, Robin, was born.

Twenty-three years later, Mike watched his wife and daughter walk across the stage together once again at December Commencement. This time it was Robin who was receiving the degree in elementary education, while her mother served as her escort.

Both mother and daughter are now educators in Texas public schools. Phyllis teaches second graders in Abilene’s Wylie Elementary School District, and Robin teaches kindergarten at T.G. McCord Elementary School in Vernon, Texas.

The Rickers share a family legacy that takes the phrase “born to be a Wildcat” to a whole new level.