May 19, 2014 7:19 PM by UL Public Information
The three Townsend brothers received nearly identical diplomas at Spring 2014 Commencement ceremonies, according to a press release from UL.
Noel, 37, Jason, 36, and Clayton, 33, all earned bachelor's degrees in petroleum engineering from the university this weekend.
"To us, it's been no big deal, but, people do seem to be kind of surprised by us all going back to school together and getting the same degree," Jason said.
The brothers, who grew up in Hattiesberg, Miss., enrolled at UL Lafayette in fall 2011. They say they all finally decided to take their father's advice, a former engineer in the U.S. Navy, who had been urging them all toward the engineering profession for years.
Their decision to go back to school is paying off. The university reports Noel has accepted a job with Petra Consultants in Lafayette, where he will be a facilities engineer. Jason has taken a job with Weatherford International in Houston, where his focus will be on managed pressure drilling. Clayton, who wants to land a field engineering position, expects to hear back on one of his top job prospects as early as this week.