[Jacksonville, Fla.] On the day before Mother’s Day, Karen Baker fussed around her daughter, Latisha Robinson, helping her get into her Edward Waters College graduation gown, there in the parking lot outside the gym. She was just returning the favor though: Seconds earlier, Robinson had helped Baker into a gown of her own. Because for this family, Saturday was a double graduation, a day with twice the achievements to celebrate. It was a long time coming. But mom, 58, and daughter, 38, now had college degrees of their own.
Both went back to college together in Edward Waters’ accelerated CLIMB program, designed for older, non-traditional students who have more going on in their lives than school. Both got business administration degrees. And both competed for best grades.
Daughter did just fine, but mom won. But then she beat almost everyone, finishing as the salutatorian of the college’s entire 2013 class.
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