Mother, daughter graduate from DSU, together

DOVER — Mother and daughter.

Graduate and graduate.

Sherreika and Jamirria Brown have plenty in common and it’s all good.
This morning Sherreika and her only child each walk through Delaware State University commencement and receive well-earned diplomas.

“I think it is special,” Sherreika said. “She’s our only child and I’m just trying to be a role model for her.

“She wants to get her masters next.”

They won’t cross the stage together but shared the educational journey in the past year. Jamirria graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Marketing, Sherreika with a Master of Social Work punctuated by a 3.91 grade-point average.

“We motivated each other and it was like ‘If I can she can and if she can I can.” Jamirria said.

Added Sherreika, “She helped me with PowerPoints, Excel and research,” Sherreika said. “Because of her age and mine I relied on her a lot.”

With their degrees, the Browns will diverge on separate career paths. After her master’s degree Jamirria will begin an online marketing career with a company to be determined. Sherreika won’t leave campus to use her degree, which was completed in a year in an accelerated schedule.

“I want to stay in higher education,” said the 41-year-old Sherreika. “There’s a real need at DSU to provide help for students going through the admissions process.

“Then when they arrive students may struggle with grades, perhaps due to their family background, poverty, being far from home and many other things.

“They need help, they need advisors to get them through issues, settle in and continue on with their education.”
Sherreika, a 22-year-old Dover High graduate who first attended North Carolina A&T before returning home, accumulated a 3.02 GPA and induction into the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success.
After today’s ceremony, the Browns will gather with 25 or so friends and family to celebrate their educational ascensions. They’re the lone college graduates in their family.
“It’s a big deal, everyone was rooting for us,” said Jamirria, whose family moved to Dover in 2010 when her father was stationed as an Army recruiter.

Mother and daughter had no qualms about of roaming the same campus, and actually relished it.

“All of my friends know since it’s a really big part of our life and we talk about it a lot,” Jamirria said. “A lot of friends are impressed and think it’s the coolest thing ever.”

Hard work runs in the family. Jamirria worked a 20-hour a week internship, a campus job and waitress at Olive Garden. Her mother worked full time in DSU’s admissions department and an 18-hour weekly internship.

“It was very hard and I had to prioritize to take care of everything while not letting anything else fall through the cracks,” Sherreika said.

Commencement information
Delaware State University
10 a.m. today at Alumni Stadium, processional starts at 9:30 a.m.
Commencement will be broadcast live on screens in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, second floor parlors as an alternative viewing location (Tickets required.)
U.S. Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-North Carolina, is the keynote speaker.
Wesley College
1:30 p.m. today at Dashiell Ampitheatre in front of H.B. du Pont College Center.
If bad weather – commencement moves to Central Middle School at 211 Delaware Avenue in Dover.
A reception will follow on the front lawn. No tickets are needed for the outdoor ceremony.
U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, is the commencement speaker.

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