Watching a child graduate is always a proud moment for a mom, but for Karen Hunter it's going to be even more special becuase she's getting a degree as well. Karen had to drop out of school more than 30 years ago when she gave birth to her eldest daughter. She needed only 13 credits to complete her degree and wasn’t able to finish …until now.
Over the weekend Karen graduated from Norfolk State University with a degree in sociology, and just seven days later her daughter Latrice will be getting her diploma as well, from College of William and Mary on a full basketball scholarship with a degree in kinesiology.
Getting a college degree was something that was always very important to Karen’s mother, who never got one herself, and made sure all her kids went to school. Although she had to drop out, Karen went on to get a job at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, and wasn't quite sure about returning to school, but her two daughters encouraged her to do it.
"She always told me to push through and not to give up on stuff,” Latrice said. “That’s why I wanted to make sure I returned the favor by motivating her [to finish school,]" Karen’s older daughter Shonda Godfrey, who is getting her PhD in n public health from Walden University, adds that she is “very proud and ecstatic" that her mother finally got her degree.
As for Karen, she’s “excited" to be graduating alongside her daughter, and plans to continue her work at Children’s Hospital.
Source: ABC News