Dad, son, daughter get master’s degrees
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A father and his two children graduated together from a branch of Mississippi State University, each earning a master’s degree in education.
Commondre Cole, his son Ja’Coby Cole and his daughter Iesha Gully were among the 153 graduates Thursday at the start of MSU-Meridian’s spring.
Commondre Cole teaches at Northwest Middle School and Ja’Coby Cole teaches at Oakland Heights Elementary, both in the Meridian Public School District. Gully teaches at Northeast Elementary in the Lauderdale County School District.
“It’s a big achievement for our family,” Gully told WTOK-TV. “Just to keep driving and keep pushing forward and leading by example and showing my younger siblings and the rest of my family that we can do it. We started strong and we finish strong.
Ja’Coby Cole said he never thought he would become a teacher right away.
“I knew I had to have a back-up plan, so I thought about my mom’s, dad’s and sister’s footsteps,” he said. “They are all educators, and I thought it best that I follow in their footsteps.”
Commondre Cole said his wife, Jessica Gully-Cole, also teaches. She encouraged him to return to college with their children.
“We have accomplished this and we are all walking together,” he said at the ceremony.