By Wazobia Staff
Never let it be said that perseverance and hard work does not pay off.
Against all odds this mother and son power house overcame multiple obstacles and today they can say that they are PhD holders, on the same day.
Vickie McBride found out that she was pregnant with Maurice at the tender age of 13. She received the ridicule that is all too common when a young girl gets pregnant at her age, but didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her education.
“As a teenager I continued my education. That was never an option,” explained Vickie. “I had to figure out how to work and how to parent and how to manage school all at the same time.”
Vickie encouraged Maurice and his other three siblings to get an education, but at the age of 16 Maurice was struggling and decided to drop out. After realizing that he wanted more for his future, Maurice returned to school.
After years of hard work, Vickie earned her doctorate in K-12 Education and Maurice studied Organizational Management, both graduating from Capella University.
“Never in a thousand, million, trillion years [did I expect to get my PhD]. The thought of becoming a doctor anyone was far-fetched,” said Maurice McBride. “I never thought I would get chance to see my mother walk across the stage and then she turned around and saw me walk across the stage.”
Congratulations Dr. Vickie McBride and Dr. Maurice McBride, you are an inspiration to many.