Mother inspires daughter to graduate from Lamar University after returning to school
Thompson’s mother graduated from Lamar University in 2018. It was this determination to succeed that drove her to do the same later this week.
BEAUMONT, Texas – With graduation in sight, it’s been quite a journey for senior Kierra Thompson of Lamar University. Like many students, she had to deal with natural disasters and the pandemic during a few years at university.
Much of her inspiration for graduating came from the person who inspires her the most: her mother.
“Lesson number one is to depend on no one, of course on a man,” Thompson said. “So you have to do it on your own – don’t depend on anyone and two, it’s okay to ask for help.”
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Thompson comes from a single-parent household. Her mother, Katina Gordon, graduated from Lamar University in 2018. It was this fire for success that drove her to work hard and follow in her mother’s footsteps.
Gordon, who now works for a school district in Southeast Texas, also thanks his mother for inspiring her to complete her education.
“Sometimes it wasn’t easy, I want to thank my mom and she doesn’t understand how difficult it was at first,” Gordon said. “I never let her know that, but I want my mom to know that we appreciate everything she’s done and that none of it would have been possible without my mom.
For these two women, they say it took a village and a lot of faith to get them here, which is why graduation means everything to them.
“It’s time to pass the torch, I got my first degree and with me being 23 and I’ve accomplished so much so far, I’m now able to pass it on when it’s time to have kids” Thompson said. “
After graduation, Thompson says she plans to become a teacher at Galveston.