Dad, Son, And Daughter Graduate Together, Each Earning A Master's Degree In Education

Dad, Son, And Daughter Graduate Together, Each Earning A Master's Degree In Education

It truly was a family affair for Commondre Cole, his son Ja’Coby Cole, and his daughter Iesha Gully.

Congratulations to Commondre Cole, his son, Ja’Coby Cole, and his daughter, Iesha Gully! The family members each earned a master's degree in education from a branch of Mississippi State University. The father-children trio was among the 153 graduates on Thursday at MSU-Meridian's spring commencement. Iesha currently works at Northeast Elementary, Ja’Coby works at Oakland Heights Elementary, and Commondre works at Northwest Middle School.



“This is a big accomplishment for our family,” Iesha told WTOK. “Just to keep driving and keep going forward and to lead by example and to show my younger siblings and the rest of my family that we can do it. We started strong, and we finish strong.” Ja’Coby Cole confessed that he never thought he would become a teacher right away. "I knew I’d have to have a backup plan, so I thought about my mom, my dad’s and my sister’s footsteps," he said. "They’re all educators, and I thought it’d be best for me to follow their footsteps." Commondre Cole said his wife, Jessica Gully-Cole, also teaches. She played a huge part in encouraging her husband to return to college with their children. “Really my wife, she already has her specialist,” added Commondre. “She said you might as well go back to school with the kids. I decided to go back with them and we accomplished this and we’re all walking together.”



A lot of parents are considering taking classes no matter how old they are. Whether it's to make up for not having gone to college in their younger years or just to learn further and enhance their knowledge, parents aren't shying away from taking classes. If you're thinking of joining, do keep in mind some of these tips. "Many colleges will allow you to consider full- or part-time enrollment," shared Elaine Rubin, a senior contributor and communications specialist at Edvisors, per Parents. "If you aren't attending school full-time, it will take you longer to complete your program or degree, but it may make it manageable. It's best to talk about this with an admission counselor. If you are looking for financial aid to help you cover the costs, you may need to enroll for a certain amount of credits every term."

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Education can be expensive, so try opting for lower-cost programs. You can try non-accredited programs that are typically taught by experts in the field, keeping the cost lower, and are "intended to help you take the next step in your career," shared Rovy Branon, Ph.D., vice provost for the University of Washington Continuum College, in Seattle. It may not be an easy option, but don't let that stop you from living your dream!

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