Georgia mother and daughter graduate college together Mother beats all odds to graduate on same day as daughter


A mother who gave birth at the age of 19 graduated from college on the same day as her daughter more than two decades later.
Tasha Oliver followed in her daughter's footsteps and walked across the stage at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, to accept her diploma just moments after Cierra Patterson received hers.
The mother daughter duo both studied healthcare management, saying the shared experience has strengthened their bond, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Oliver enrolled at Clayton State in 2008, and beat a second breast cancer diagnosis before she returned to school and graduated at the same time as her daughter.
She gave birth to Patterson when she was 19 and started her career in the Army with her husband, thinking it would provide direction, structure and guidance.
While Oliver credits the experience with saving her life, she eventually realized being an Army cook wasn't the career for her.
Oliver, who was empowered by motherhood, told the AJC: 'I realized that if I could take care of my children, I could take care of people.'


The 44-year-old followed her own mother's footsteps into the field of medicine, working as a certified nursing assistant and patient access representative.
She enrolled in Clayton State in 2008, only to be diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time in 2009. She was first diagnosed in 2006, according to a Clayton University feature.
The experience was tough on Patterson, who said: 'I think the second time, that was a shocker.
'You don’t think something like that would happen again after you overcome it the first time. I definitely felt like I had to step up and help take care of my siblings.'

Tasha Oliver wasn’t cheering her daughter on from the stands during her college graduation. She was right beside her, because the mom was walking across the stage to grab her bachelor’s degree, too.
Oliver, who had her child Cierra Patterson at age 19, began her career with her husband in the U.S. Army.

Dissatisfied with her cooking job, she decided to trade in her apron for scrubs to pursue a profession in the medical field.

“When I came out of the military, I realized that wasn’t the career I wanted to be in,” Oliver said. “I realized that if I could take care of my children, I could take care of people.”

So she enrolled into Clayton State University to become a registered nurse. By the time she had entered college and beat breast cancer twice, it was time for her daughter to enter undergrad.

But it took a few months for Patterson to finally take school seriously. Once she did, she and her mother started taking classes and studying together as healthcare management majors.

“I think it has definitely bonded us and made us stronger,” Oliver said.

Although unplanned, the two graduated at the same time in May.

“It was totally an accident. We didn’t plan it at all,” Oliver admitted.

The two finished school together, but they are taking different paths now.

Oliver hopes to earn her master’s degree in healthcare management and envision, and Patterson wants to apply for nursing school.

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