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Mother and son graduate from the same university on the same day, sets record

A mother and son from Maryland, United States, who simultaneously got their bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland, have achieved extraordinary success.

Immanuel and Carolyn Patton, a mother and son, noted that their success represented the fulfillment of their commitment made when Immanuel was five years old.

“I remember I just told my mom … one day, it’s gonna be you and me. We’re going to get our degrees at the same time,” Immanuel Patton, 23, recalled to GMA.

Carolyn Patton narrated that she once gave up on Bachelor’s degree after attempting unsuccessfully in 1995. “For me, I had sort of gave up on it because I had already accomplished some associate’s degrees and then I had started my bachelor’s degree back in 1995 but life happened. Things got in the way,” Carolyn explained.

Carolyn who is now 63 further explained that her son, Immanuel, inspired her to re-enrol for college after making a promise that they will both graduate together. “That promise … he never allowed it to die. It was continuously, ‘You know, mom, we’re gonna do this,” Carolyn Patton said.

They were drawn to the University of Maryland Global Campus because it specialized in online degree programs, and they both graduated from it.

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