The siblings will walk across the stage during Spring Commencement at East Tennessee State University, all receiving bachelor’s degrees from the College of Business and Technology.
Despite opportunities to attend college elsewhere, the Rambos collectively decided their father’s alma mater had the most to offer. Describing themselves as laid back, the siblings say their biggest fight is deciding where to eat dinner.
They’ve commuted from Chuckey to attend ETSU and had many of the same classes together their first two years as each struggled to decide what they wanted to study.
“We wandered around quite a bit until we all figured it out,” Garrett said with a laugh.
They helped one another succeed in core classes and when things got tough, they were reminded that their mother expected all three of them to graduate. Given their competitive nature, no single sibling wished to be outdone by another.
“It was nice having them in class with me because if I didn’t understand the material, one of them would definitely know,” Madison said.
Madison chose to study general management with a concentration in human resources and Garrett determined that a degree in logistics and supply chain management was a better fit than construction engineering technology.
With aspirations to attend medical school, Luke originally studied chemistry, but corporate finance won out.
“I’ve always been interested in medicine, but I love stocks, too,” he said. “I’ve talked with physicians I’ve shadowed who say they wish they had a background in business.”
After graduation, the triplets will start semi-separate adventures. Madison will attend the ETSU Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy and Luke will take the MCAT this summer and begin applying to medical schools.
Garrett will continue to manage the triplets’ lawn care business, Lawn Commander, and will likely put his degree to work locally. In its fourth year, the business has grown from five residential lawns to 33, plus five commercial properties.
“We’ve always been really close, so if one of us moves, the whole family might have to pick up and move,” Madison joked.
This Saturday, the Rambos will retire their carpool parking pass and sacrifice a day of precious mowing time to celebrate another achievement, together.
“I’m not sure how it all worked out for us to graduate together,” Madison said. “Between prerequisites and changing majors, we timed it just right.”