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360 Classes, 8 Degrees, 1 Family

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 13, 2019


Mason is clearly a family tradition for the Krappweis family.

Mary Monsen, née Krappweis, BS Management ’11, says she decided to attend Mason because it was a great school close to home. “I thought Mason offered a very good value proposition: A great education for a reasonable price near a booming job market.”

She wasn’t the only one to feel that way. Her five brothers also graduated from Mason: Tom

The Krappweis family has collectively logged 1,080 credits, 360 courses, and eight degrees at Mason. Photo by Ron Aira

Krappweis Jr., BS Electrical Engineering ’04, Mike Krappweis, BS Information Systems and Operations Management ’13, Tim Krappweis, BS Information Technology ’12, Paul Krappweis, BS Information Technology ’12, and Andrew Krappweis, BA Economics and BS Administration of Justice ’09. Andrew is now working on his online MBA at the School of Business.

Sadie Krappweis, Andrew’s wife, graduated in 2008 with a communication degree. Mary also met her husband at Mason: Niles Monsen, BS Finance ’08.

Mary’s father, Thomas Krappweis Sr., was also heavily involved at Mason. Krappweis Sr. works for Lockheed Martin as an engineering project manager, principal. In 1997, his manager asked if he would be interested in mentoring students and advising faculty on industry needs. He has been on the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Advisory Board for the Volgenau School of Engineering since 1999. He was also president of the former Century Club from 2003 to 2004.

“Mason is one of the main pillars of my family’s success,” says Krappweis Sr. “I can’t even begin to express the incredibly positive impact the university has had on my family.”

—Katherine Johnson Dias


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