When it comes to following in someone's footsteps, it's normally the child following the parent. But for Shynira Bell and her mother Lisa Bell, the child was the parent's inspiration.
"She didn't ever finish high school, so she came here to get her GED, as well get a diploma," said Shynira Bell, Wright Career College Alumni.
The pair attended Wright College. But before going to Wright, Lisa didn't live a perfect life. But there came a point when she wanted to turn things around.
"When she came to school or whatever, she was always telling me, 'Oh I can't do this, I can't do this,' but she stuck with it," said Shynira.
Over the past year, something changed in Lisa.
"She would have a pillow behind her back when she was driving," said Shynira. "She was always complaining about her back hurting, and she had a cane, and she was walking bent over."
After several trips to the hospital, Lisa at 44 years old was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
"She was like, 'Shynira don't cry, it's going to be alright,'" said Shynira.
With less than a year to live, Lisa became determined on her goal to graduate. To help, Shynira quit her job to stay home and the two of them together worked towards their degrees.
"She was, kinda like me, she was determined. And whatever she wanted she was going to get," said Shynira.
Graduation day was May 16th, exactly one month before on April 16th, Lisa died. But before her death, she reached her goal. She was going to get a degree.
"I just wish she was here to accept it and not me," said Shynira.
On graduation Shynira walked across the stage not only getting her degree, but getting her mother's too.
Shynira graduated with a health care administration degree. Her mother got a degree of memorium for studying Office Administration.