57-year-old Darlene Pitts and grandmother of 12 will march across the stage at Norfolk State University alongside students that could very well be her children.
During her time at college, she was working two jobs. But she had to “quit her job at a Kroger grocery store and focused on her schoolwork and her job as a special education teaching assistant at a local high school” after she discovered that she was placed on academic probation.
Pitts told The Virginia-Pilot that “I came to work in tears because I got a letter saying I was on academic probation.”
“Some of the classes, they were really rough,” Pitts added. “I was ready to throw in the towel. I just wanted to call it quits, but I just hung in there.”
Pitts will graduate from historically black Norfolk State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and hopes to become a full-time special education teacher as well as probably continue her career as a student, according to The Virginia-Pilot.
(Photo Source: Steve Earley, The Virginian Pilot)