Air traffic controller turned technical theatre major: Chris Mason is TFTV’s Outstanding Senior

Graduation day will be different for the University of Arizona’s class of 2020. The ceremony will be online.

“When I graduated high school, I messed around. I went to Pima College,” said Chris Mason, a senior graduating from the UArizona.

“I was studying music for a while then I was studying philosophy,” Mason said. “I was delivering pizza, I was DJing.”

Mason is a technical theatre major and soon to be graduate from UArizona.

However, Mason is not your traditional college student.

“I tried a few different things and ended up on a different career path all together,” he said.

Mason became an air traffic controller. Helping his son’s high school production team, inspired him to get a degree.

“It worked out for me because it gave me the time to figure out what I wanted to do so when I did go to college, I was ready for it,” Mason said. “I was serious about it and I was able to focus on what I wanted to focus on.”

Mason said it has been a long time coming but he’s ready to go back to work, with a degree he is proud of.

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