One Virginia mother and daughter will have a lot to celebrate this Mother’s Day.
Karen Hunter and her youngest daughter Latrice will both graduate this month, obtaining bachelor’s degrees from colleges in Virginia.
The moment is a long time coming for Karen Hunter, 53, who will be getting her degree in sociology from Norfolk State University today. The mother of two dropped out of school during her senior year more than 30 years ago after she had become a mom.
Karen Hunter only had 13 credits to go.
“I dropped out because I knew I had to take care of my daughter [Shonda Godfrey] and at the time I couldn’t do a lot of multitasking with working and going to school,” she told ABC News. “I was overwhelmed. I felt like I was a quitter because I had come that far.”
It also would’ve meant a lot to Karen Hunter’s mother, Harriet Godfrey, who wasn’t able to get an education growing up. In fact, the Danville, Virginia, grandmother cannot read or write.
“But she made sure all of her kids went to school,” said Latrice Hunter, 22, who is scheduled to graduate from the College of William and Mary on a full basketball scholarship with a degree in kinesiology on May 13, seven days after her mother.