- A family of three have generated interest globally after all three members graduated from the same university on same day
- Shamir Taylor, 35, his wife Nyema Taylor, 37, his father, Raymond Richardson, 62, have all recently graduated from the University of Maryland, University College
- The three have become an inspiration to everyone since news of their achievement gained traction
After years of hard work, three family members, Shamir Taylor, 35, his wife Nyema Taylor, 37, and his 62-year old father, Raymond Richardson, have all recently graduated from the same college on the same day.
That day was the culmination of their 30 long years of working to get their degrees while battling different challenges.
Shamir Taylor managed to continue his studies in-between military deployments. His father, combat vet and retired US Army Master Sergeant Raymond Richardson, is the oldest of them but it didn’t stop him from achieving his dream.
“For me, it’s been a really long journey,” Richardson said in an interview. “I’ve been at it over 30 years. Trying to get my degree. But from one college to the next, UMUC was my final stop.”
Meanwhile, Nyema was diagnosed with breast cancer and she had to get through it while in college.
She graduated with a degree in graphic communication, which she hopes could help her with her clothing business.
“When I found out the news about my breast cancer, it really knocked me off my feet,” Nyema said. “I felt defeated and deflated. And it was my husband and my family and my father-in-law….” who helped her get through it.
The three adjusted their course works to arrive at the day when they all graduate from the University of Maryland on the same day.
“It’s one thing to be graduating and walking down the aisle,” she said. “But to be walking with two of the most important people in my life, it’s amazing. Amazing!”
They were hoping they serve an inspiration to everyone, especially the Taylors’ two children.
“They’re like sponges right now,” Nyema said of her two children. “They look up to us. We want to do everything we can do to make sure their future is secure.”
“It just goes to show you,” Richardson said. “You’re never too late to get an education.''
Meanwhile, a photo of an Accra Girls High School student captured in 1979 has surfaced on the internet and has since generated conversations about the fashion sense of Ghanaian females students 40 years ago.
While the photo happens to be in black and white, the young lady still looks adorable after 40 long years.
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