Proud Son’s Photo Of His Parents Graduating Together Goes Viral

Charles L. Cole III was so proud of his parents for graduating from college together that he couldn’t contain his excitement, and that’s when he decided to share their accomplishment on Twitter. “My parents went back to college together and they graduated today. Together. #salute,” he shared, with nearly 5,000 liking the post.

Photo credit: Renate L. Cole

But, it wasn’t an easy journey for Cole III’s parents Charles L. Cole Jr. and wife Renaté to reach this achievement. The couple battled crack addictions together and later sobered up after being inspired by their eldest son to finish college.

The younger Cole who is 33-years-old, received his bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, East Bay, before obtaining his master’s degree from San Francisco State University. And, now, he’s earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State.

“Our son is a go-getter,” the elder Cole told ABC News. “By seeing his energy [and] his drive to just do it that kind of pushes us.” He added that both he and Renaté thought, “Well, if he can do it, we can do it too. We embedded this in him.”

The couple, that’s been married for 38 years, followed through with their goal and earned their bachelor of arts degrees in Biblical Studies from Sacramento Theological Seminary on Dec. 3.

Charles L. Cole Jr. and Renaté hope to use their degrees to further their ministry, ideally with helping homeless veterans.


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