One Georgia family really had something to celebrate at Clayton State University’s recent graduation. Tasha Oliver, a 44-year-old cancer survivor earned her bachelor’s degree and her daughter, Cierra Patterson, 24, received her’s as well.
The two had never planned to graduate from college together. In fact, Oliver started taking classes years before her daughter, but cancer treatments delayed her and eventually they caught up to one another. And these two aren’t finished with school yet - Oliver is heading back to get her master’s degree and Patterson is starting nursing school in the fall.
“It felt great, especially being able to accomplish it with my mom,” Patterson says. “We were able to level each other out, and be the support system we both needed.”