No matter what stage of life you’re in, graduating from college is a huge deal. It takes years, it takes time, it takes sacrifice, and in one mother’s case, it took a sacrifice from her son as well.
Jelina Latrice Sheppard recently graduated cum laude with her bachelor’s degree all while caring for her son. Right after receiving her diploma she hugged her son, luckily someone was able to capture the moment. Jelina posted the picture to her Instagram along with this beautiful message to her little hero:
“For all those nights you had to fall asleep in the library, for all those times you had to watch cartoons alone because I needed to do homework, for the early mornings in daycare because I needed to be in class to being the last one there because I had to work, most importantly for the moments of separation because I needed to get this done, thank you. You are the motivation for my heart to keep beating. I love you more than words can say. I finished because you needed to see me do it. I’m not strong because I want to be, I’m strong because I’m your first example. We’ve seen a lot and overcame a lot more. To infinity and beyond, a mother’s greatest love. #IGraduated”
So often it can be easy to use kids as a reason to not go back to school, this mom used her son as motivation.
Congratulations Jelina, What an inspiration you are!