Graduation at Chicago State University was extra special for grandmother Belinda Berry and her granddaughter Karea Berry. The women both earned their degrees and followed each other across the stage to get their diplomas, making them the first grandmother-granddaughter graduating duo in the school’s 150 year history.
Belinda raised her granddaughter from the time she was a year old and wasn’t sure she’d ever get the chance to fulfill her dream of getting her degree. But this granny graduated magna cum laude, one of the top grads in their class of 457. And these ladies aren’t done with their educations just yet, they’re both going on to get their master’s degrees at the university.
“It meant the world to me, because that’s the person, aside my from my daughter, that means the most to me,” Karea says. “To be making her proud while she was making me proud was so awesome.”