Proud Daughter

Almost 600 Florida A&M University students are graduating Friday evening. Naturally, there will be hundreds of proud parents applauding their children, but we'd like to tell you about a little girl who can't wait to see her mom walk across the stage.

Shametria Trice says as an "A" student in high school she planned to go down the right path.

“I never wanted to be a statistic. We had a sex education classes about teen pregnancy and I said I was never gonna be one of those,” she says.

At 16 Shametria dropped out of school and had Daijah, who is now almost nine. Nearly two years later the Lakeland, Florida native decided she wanted her high school diploma, and then she headed to Rattler country, but after three semesters the struggle of motherhood and the challenge of higher education was overbearing, and once again Shametria dropped out of school.

It took two years for the single mom to regain the strength to head back to class. Friday evening Shametria will become the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“I'll be very emotional, try not to cry. I'll think about what I've been thought and all of the times I thought I wouldn't make it,” she says.

And while little Daijah says she wants to follow in her mother's footsteps, she says there's one thing she'll do differently, and that's being a teen mom.

FAMU's graduation begins at 6 p.m. Friday night.


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