Mother and son share unique graduation experience

A Midland mom and her son got the unique opportunity to graduate within three weeks of each other.
A Midland mom and her son got the unique opportunity to graduate within three weeks of each other.
Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:19 AM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - A Midland mom and her son got the unique opportunity to graduate around the same time.

Graduation is a remarkable accomplishment in and of itself, but getting to share it with a parent or child is not something many people get to do.

So Wynntausha Perry and her son Alvin Mills made the most of being in the same graduating class. Perry graduated from Midland College, while Mills graduated from Midland Lee High School last week.

Perry decided to go back to school when her son was a junior in high school. She says graduating at the same time as her son wasn’t planned, but now getting her degree holds a deeper meaning.

“He’ll be graduating; I’ll be graduating. I even joked about joint graduation parties with my friends. It had a special meaning. It meant the end of our time as mother and son, but then us going off into our different futures and getting to do that together,” said Perry.

Perry says she struggled to hold back tears when she watched her son get his diploma last week.

But as proud as she was of him, Alvin Mills was equally thrilled about his mom’s graduation - especially after all they’ve been through together.

“I’m really proud of her because, after my freshman year, we went to Chicago, and then we came back. When we came back, it was really touch and go for a little bit there,” said Mills.

Perry says she owes a lot of her success to the Buckner Family Pathways program.

The program provides housing to single parents and teaches them how to be self-sufficient while working towards their goals.

“Being able to partner with a program like Buckner meant everything. My name wouldn’t have been called without me being a part of this organization. For any single mom that says I want more. I want to be able to raise my kids, but I still want to have an identity of my own because sometimes we just get lost in being their mom,” said Perry.

Perry has plans to enroll in a four-year university and pursue a teaching degree while Mills is set to serve in the military.

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