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GRADUATION SUCCESS STORY: Mays Landing Mother and Daughter Find Success Together

May 15, 2017

Diana Sanders, 49, and daughter Ebony Fleming, 21, both of Mays Landing, will graduate together from Atlantic Cape Community College May 18. Diana graduates with a degree in human services, and Ebony with a degree in general studies. Diana will head to Rutgers University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in social work, and Ebony will continue her education at Stockton University in nursing, with a goal of becoming a neonatologist.

Both mother and daughter faced challenges during their college careers. Diana said, “My biggest challenge was juggling the role of a wife, mother and helping raise my grandchildren while my daughter attended school and work. I also was faced with the challenge of being out of school for almost 32 years.” Ebony added, “My biggest challenge was definitely being a single mom of two, going to work and school part time.” Both mother and daughter showed one and other perseverance and motivation during difficult times.

“I overcame these challenges by pushing through no matter how long it took me. My daughter’s motivate me every day to be better for not only me but them, so giving up was not an option,” Ebony replied.

“Graduating from Atlantic Cape means a lot to me because I’m the first person in my family of three sisters and three brothers to graduate from college,” Diane said, “And to achieve a dream that I never thought I could accomplish is awesome to me,” Diane said.

Ebony agreed her diploma is much more than a piece of paper. “This means everything to me, for the simple fact I was a single mom of two before the age 21. A lot of people, and even family members, doubted me and said I would be nothing more than a statistic and never go back to school,” she said, “But I’m glad I had the opportunity to prove them wrong,” Ebony concluded.