Mom skipping her own graduation to attend her son's has her degree conferred by his school
Things were looking up for both Sharonda Wilson and her son this year, as both were on their way to finishing their degrees and coming away with much to celebrate in the family. However, there was one snag they came across along the way that left the mother uncertain what to do.
Sharonda was all set to receive her diploma when she graduated from Ferris State University, located in Big Rapids, Michigan. She soon found out, to her dismay, that her son's graduation ceremony would be taking place on the same day. Stephan, her son, was graduating at the same time at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, leaving her with a choice.
The mother posted about this unfortunate situation in a Facebook status, in which she revealed she was going to skip her own graduation so she could have the opportunity to see her son on the big day. However, once their respective schools heard about the news, they gave them both a special offer they couldn't refuse.
One of the many who saw Sharonda's Facebook post was a student who works in the president's office at Central Michigan University. On Saturday morning, the day of the graduation, this student spoke with university president Bob Davies about the situation.
He immediately contacted the president at Ferris State University, David Eisler, and asked if his school would be able to confer her degree. "It was a very fast turnaround," Central Michigan spokesperson Ari Harris told CNN.
Here's the beautiful moment they shared together:
Stephan, being a part of a musical group on his campus, also sang during the ceremony, but was mostly pleased with the opportunity to share the moment with his mother. In a statement, he said:
"I had been looking forward to walking across that stage and accepting my degree for a long, long time. 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."
"Sharonda and Stephan both put in the long hours and hard work, and they deserved the chance to celebrate together as a family," President Davies said in a statement, congratulating both the mother and son. "We appreciated the opportunity to partner with our friends at Ferris State to recognize and celebrate this milestone achievement for both Stephan and Sharonda."
Sharonda earned a bachelor of science in business administration, while her son earned a bachelor of arts in music theatre. What an amazing day for them both!