- Theresa Lyles, 68, and her granddaughter Zuri, 22, graduated together
- Theresa first enrolled in 1967 but dropped out to care for her growing family
- They had to overcome the passing of Zuri's mom
An amazing grandmother-granddaughter duo has graduated from the same university together despite being born 46 years apart.
68-year-old Theresa Lyles obtained her degree in health information management from Tennessee State University on 10 May, Briefly.co.za learned.
Her granddaughter, 22-year-old Zuri Lyles, also obtained the same qualification at the same graduation ceremony.
They are the first grandmother-granddaughter duo to make this unique achievement in Tennessee State University's history.
However, it wasn't easy. Speaking to the university's media team, Zuri said they were both deeply affected by the passing of her mom, and Theresa's daughter, last year.
That hit us so hard that I almost dropped out because I was struggling and my grandmother went through a depression.
But we kept encouraging each other. Through it all, we started working harder and did everything we needed to get the job done.
Theresa first enrolled for the degree in 1967 but had to drop out to care for her expanding family.
Several decades later, she never imagined she would graduate alongside her granddaughter. She said:
I always wanted to come back, but just never had the chance to do it. I am glad I did and it’s even better that I am doing it with my granddaughter. We encouraged each other. It was tough, but we had to tunnel through.
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