Sharonda Wilson and her son, Stephan have both been conferred with degrees from the Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, USA, after she planned to skip her graduation at the Ferris State University to attend her son's.
A mother, Sharonda Wilson and her son, Stephan have both been awarded with degrees from the Central Michigan University, USA, after she was set to forgo her graduation ceremony for her son’s.
Sharonda was looking forward to getting her diploma at her graduation from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.
But her son, Stephan was also graduating on the same day at the Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, which meant that she would have to forgo her graduation ceremony.
While Sharonda was all prepared to skip her own, her university and her son’s school had a different idea.
Some few days leading up to the graduation, Wilson posted her predicament on Facebook.
Fortunately, a student who works in the president's office at Central Michigan was among the few that saw the post.
On Saturday morning, graduation day, the student told the Central Michigan's president, Bob Davies, about the situation.
The president then contacted his counterpart at Ferris State University, President David Eisler.
Davies wanted to affirm if Eisler’s university could confer Wilson's degree.
"It was a very fast turnaround," Ari Harris, the spokesman for Central Michigan, disclosed.
Both Sharonda and Stephan walked across the stage at Central Michigan to be conferred with degrees.
Stephan Wilson, who is part of a musical group on campus, graced the ceremony with a musical performance.
Being able to graduate with his mom made the already monumental day even more memorable.
"I had been looking forward to walking across that stage and accepting my degree for a long, long time," Stephan said in a statement.''
He addded that ''earning my degree was such a huge milestone in my life, and having my mom with me to celebrate that moment was an unbelievable blessing. I am so proud of us both."
Wilson earned a bachelor of science in business administration, and her son earned a bachelor of arts in Music Theater.
Davies, the Central Michigan president, said both Wilsons deserved to be recognized on their special day.
"Sharonda and Stephan both put in the long hours and hard work, and they deserved the chance to celebrate together as a family," Davies said in a statement. "We appreciated the opportunity to partner with our friends at Ferris State to recognize and celebrate this milestone achievement for both Stephan and Sharonda."
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