Single Black Father Graduates With Masters Degree While Working 3 Jobs to Care For His Son
- A single black man has graduated with a master's degree from Montclair State University while working three jobs
- Desmond Durham said he was motivated by his son to keep pushing and be a better person every day
- He hopes to become a high school principal and positively impact students
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A single black father from Newark, New Jersey, in the US, has earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.
Desmond Durham got the degree while working three jobs and caring for his son. He was a full-time student while he juggled the three jobs.
The 36-year-old worked as a children's teacher, GED instructor to adults and a children's basketball trainer while studying for his second degree.
He told ABC7 that he does not believe he is smart but has always had to keep pushing himself to attain greater heights.
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He explained that he has never seen himself as the most intelligent person but has always believed in hard work, dedication and the will to keep going.
Desmond said his 9-year-old son, who was with him all through his studies, was his main inspiration as he wants to be a motivation to his son.
The graduate said he keeps pushing so his son will know that he also does not have to give up when faced with a challenge.
One of Desmond’s professors from the university, Rachel Garver, recognised his efforts and demanding schedule. She said she was happy with how he handled all he had on his plate.
"I knew how much he had on his plate and was impressed with everything he was able to handle and hand in such quality graduate school work," Rachel said.
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Desmond’s future dream is to become a high school principal as he hopes to positively impact his students in Newark.
His loved ones, including his mother and son, were present at his graduation.
Divine Nwafor is the first Black man to graduate with a double degree from West Virginia University In the US
In another story, a Nigerian in the US made history at West Virginia University by becoming the first Black man to graduate with a dual degree from the school.
Divine Nwafor left Lagos, Nigeria, in 2011 to pursue a degree in Biochemistry and achieved this feat years later. He said his graduation day was memorable.
He is a first-generation college graduate and the first physician in his family. In a tweet, he wrote:
“Yesterday was a memorable day: First Gen College grad. First Physician in the family. First Black student to graduate with a dual M.D/Ph.D. degree from @WestVirginiaU. To my family, friends, and mentors, WE DID IT.”
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