Thursday was graduation day for Washington and Lee student Aleksander who played Phillip Spaulding from 1982 on and off until the end of the series in 2009. .
The Theater major left Washington and Lee after his sophomore year to pursue an acting career but says his parents always wanted him to graduate from college. He returned in Fall 2010.
"I always planned to get back and finish," he told WDBJ. "I just didn't know it would take 30 years to get back and do it but my life has been unsual in that way and fantastic. I don't think I would change any of it."
Aleksander is married to Sherry Ramsey. The two met at W and L when they starred in "Hamlet." He played the role of Hamlet, and she played Ophelia. She is now an attorney.
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