It’s never too late to follow your dreams. You might have to fight, scrap, and sacrifice to get where you’re going, but that journey is just as important as the destination. One Michigan woman was rewarded for both when she got the surprise of a lifetime at a college graduation ceremony on Saturday.
Sharonda Wilson, a Michigan woman who went to college a little later in life, decided to skip her Ferris State University graduation ceremony last Saturday held in Flint, Michigan. The reason? Her son Stephan was graduating at the same time from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, over an hour and a half away.
When CMU President Bob Davies heard about Sharonda’s sacrifice he decided to get in touch with Ferris State’s president David Eisler to see if there was anything they could work out. Together they decided to surprise Sharonda with her own degree at her son’s ceremony.
Central Michigan University shared a video of the touching moment from their Twitter account.
To attend her son Stephan’s commencement ceremony, Sharonda Wilson was unable to attend her own from Ferris State University. Learning this, @cmichprez contacted FSU President Eisler and was able to confer her degree on behalf of FSU's president and trustees. #cmichgraduation pic.twitter.com/anCSTHDCdC
— Central Michigan U. (@CMUniversity) May 4, 2019
“I made a call today when I found this out,” Davies said. “On behalf of President Eisler and Ferris State trustees, I confer upon you—Shondra Wilson—the bachelor’s degree you have earned with all rights privileges pertaining thereto. Please move your tassel from your right to your left.”
The crowd erupted in applause giving both mother and son a standing ovation as they both beamed with pride.
Shondra’s son Stephan, now a graduate with his own degree in fine arts for musical theater, was just as happy and surprised at the gesture as his mother.
“Dr. Davies really shocked me. I told a friend of mine that [my] mom was skipping her graduation to be with me, and she used her magic to help Dr. Davies orchestrate that moment,” Stephan told the Detroit Free Press.
“When I heard [she] was getting her degree with me I was speechless. My mother is truly the strongest and most compassionate woman I know. That moment tops [any] other moment I have ever shared with my mother.” he said.
h/t: Detroit Free Press