A Michigan mother didn’t make it to her graduation from Ferris State University over the weekend because she was busy attending her son’s commencement at Central Michigan University.
However, Sharonda Wilson got quite the surprise Saturday when she was called from the audience and bestowed with her degree.
Central Michigan posted the heart-warming moment to its Twitter account, capturing the moment Wilson’s son, Stephan, placed a mortarboard on his mother’s head as the crowd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, erupted in raucous applause.
CMU President Dr. Bob Davies addressed the crowd, saying: “I made a call today when I found this out, to David Eisler, the president of Ferris State University. So please pay attention.”
Davies goes on to formally graduate Wilson with her bachelor’s degree.
“On behalf of President Eisler and Ferris State trustees, I confer upon you, Sharonda Wilson, the bachelor’s degree that you have earned,” he said. “Please move your tassel from your right to your left.”
Wilson happily did so as her son stood alongside her, beaming as he cheered her on. Her graduation was met with a standing ovation, as thousands in the arena stood to their feet to applaud her academic success.