Family Celebrates 3 Generations of Women Graduating This Year

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When LaWanda Flennoy organized a photo shoot to celebrate her daughters’ and granddaughter’s graduations this year, the girls insisted she be part of it.

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Flennoy’s two older daughters graduated from college this month, her youngest finished high school and her granddaughter graduated from kindergarten. But the grandmother was also celebrating a big accomplishment this spring ― her own college graduation.

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“The photo makes me feel proud, for a couple of reasons. First, that I have been a role model for these ladies and second, that they have set out and accomplished their goals. Graduating was not an easy task for any of us, as we’ve all had setbacks and feelings of uncertainty. But this year, we’ve conquered them all.”

All of the ladies’ hard work has paid off. Flennoy’s daughter Amari graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her daughter Paris graduated from Chicago State University with a degree in public relations and will go on to work for Apple.

After high school graduation, her daughter Jade will attend Illinois State University to study criminal justice, and her granddaughter Brooklyn is a proud kindergarten graduate.

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Flennoy said Paris was the original mastermind behind the graduation photo shoot and insisted she take part in some photos. The grandmother is set to graduate from South Suburban College with a degree in psychology later this month.

She said looking at the group picture makes her feel great. “These ladies are awesome, and I’m so proud of them!” Flennoy said.

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“I have always taught my girls that they can be whatever they want to be. A solid education and unwavering belief in themselves are great foundations for success. I hope people realize that with determination, focus and a good support system, anyone can meet their potential.”

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