When it comes to academic achievements, the Hubbard mother-son graduates are no strangers to success.
Roderick and Yolanda Hubbard recently took center stage at Albany State University, proudly sporting their caps and gowns as they celebrated their joint graduation on May 6.
But this wasn’t the first time the mother-son duo made their mark at the esteemed HBCU.
In fact, both Roderick and Yolanda already held undergraduate degrees from the same institution.
The Mother-Son Graduates Are HBCU High Achievers
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The Hubbards have a strong connection to Albany State University, with multiple generations leaving their footprints on its hallowed halls.
Roderick’s grandmother, the illustrious former Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, is an ASU graduate herself.
And the family tradition doesn’t stop there.
According to Vibe, Roderick’s wife, brother, sister-in-law, uncle, and cousins have all walked across the stage of this historically black institution.
Talk about keeping it in the family!
Dorothy Hubbard shared her joy with the Albany Herald, expressing her admiration for her daughter and grandson’s accomplishments.
“We are very proud of our daughter and grandson for their achievements. I can’t say enough about the Hubbard family’s belief in lifelong learning and education.”
Clearly, the Hubbards have an insatiable thirst for knowledge.
Roderick Hubbard earned an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, a remarkable feat that should elevate his career.
But Roderick insists his mother’s success shines even brighter.
“This was an opportunity for us to celebrate our achievements together and reflect on the hard work and dedication that led us to that moment. I do believe I’m prouder of my mom than I am of myself.”
Meanwhile, Yolanda Hubbard received a Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on Human Resources.
She dedicated her latest triumph to her grandkids, who witnessed their grandmother’s shining moment at the commencement ceremony.
Yolanda had some words of wisdom for her grandchildren.
“When school and life get hard … I can always remind them that GiGi did it much older, so they can do it, too.”
As for the Black mother-son graduates’ future plans, Roderick plans to become a principal and climb the ladder to district leadership.
Meanwhile, Yolanda wants to advance her career at the hospital where she works.
The mother-son graduates’ achievement is a shining example of the power of determination and the importance of education in shaping a brighter future.