This mom and son were scheduled to graduate from two separate universities on the same day. After finding out that she decided to miss her graduation, the school surprised them both.
Mothers are always sacrificing things for us, even if that something means the world to them. Both Stephan Wilson and his mom, Sharonda, graduated from two different universities this year, but as luck had it, their graduation day fell on the same day. So, Sharonda decided to forgo hers, just so she could be a part of her son's special day. Stephan completed his degree in fine arts in musical theater from Central Michigan University, while Sharonda finished her bachelor of science in business administration from Ferris State University, according to CNN.
Little did she know that her school and her son's school had a completely different plan for her. A few days before their graduation, Sharonda took to social media to share her quandary. Among the people who saw Sharonda's status was a student who worked in the president's office at Central Michigan. So, on Saturday, the day of the Graduation, the students told Central Michigan's president Bob Davies about the situation.
Davies then got in touch with his counterpart at Ferris State University, President David Eisler, to see if they could confer Sharonda's degree. "It was a very fast turnaround," Ari Harris, the spokesman for Central Michigan said. So, on the day of the graduation, both mom and son got to graduate together, from the same stage. Stephan, who was part of a musical group on campus, sang during the ceremony, but what made it special for him was to have a chance to see his mom graduate along with him.
"I had been looking forward to walking across that stage and accepting my degree for a long, long time," Stephan said in a statement. "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." Central Michigan's President Davies said that both the Wilsons completely deserved to be recognized on their special day.
"Sharonda and Stephan both put in the long hours and hard work, and they deserved the chance to celebrate together as a family," Davies said in a statement. "We appreciated the opportunity to partner with our friends at Ferris State to recognize and celebrate this milestone achievement for both Stephan and Sharonda." It's not every day that we witness something this beautiful!
Several media organizations had reached out to Stephan Wilson. However, the school said the new graduate may be slow to respond because following the ceremony he immediately "jumped on a bus with the CMU School of Music Chamber Singers to begin a multi-state musical tour." Central Michigan University provided a statement on his behalf, in which he thanked both schools for all their efforts to make this happen.
"Earning our college degrees has been an incredible journey for both my mom and me, and it was a blessing to stand beside her and celebrate together. I’m so thankful to President Davies and President Eisler for making this such a special moment for us,” said Stephan. People were touched by this story and took to the social media platform, Facebook to express their feelings!
Is it too early for tears 😭!! Congratulations to Ms Sharonda and Stephan Wilson! https://t.co/5lKGarlqNt— Theressa Cooper (@CyDiversity) May 5, 2019
Rachel Anne gushed: What a beautiful story. It’s so nice to hear about something positive happening in the world, especially in the United States. Congratulations to mother and son on both of your achievements! Marina Maia kept it real: I shouldn't have read it in a meeting, now I'm crying and people think I hate this meeting more than I actually do. Brittney Lofthouse added something we all agree with: well this is just about the purest and beautiful thing ever!
Dennis Muellner said: I heard this story on my local radio station in Minnesota, I just had to come to your University’s page and say how wonderful this display of a mother’s love was to choose her sons achievement over her own! Your university’s dedication and appreciation of education is amazing, to recognize the hard work she put in to achieve her goal was a beautiful and moving act! This seriously brought tears to my eyes and put a smile on my face! Congratulations to mom and son, and to all the 2019 graduates!