Mom gets college diploma, big surprise

A Pennsylvania woman graduated from college at 43 and got a big surprise at the ceremony.

Tondaleya Robinson was part of the inaugural class of Human Resource Management at Peirce College, and the person who handed her diploma to her was her son, Marine Cpl. Paul Robinson, who is stationed in Quantico, Virginia.

"He was like, 'I'm really sorry, I couldn't make it.' I was like 'It's OK Paul, I know if you could be here you would'," said Tondaleya.

Her son hadn't been home in five months, so he wasn't expected.

"It's kind of indescribable right now because she's watched me grow up," said Cpl. Robinson. "My mom is one of my biggest inspirations throughout the passing of my father. I never seen my mom be so strong."

His father passed away three years ago after a long illness, and his mother put her education on hold so she could raise her children.

"I'm proud of everything my mom accomplishes. She raised three kids," he said.

This is not the last stop in higher learning for his mother. She plans to pursue her master's degree next.

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