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Grandmother And Granddaughter Graduate From College On The Same Day, And They've Got Future Plans

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The most unlikely place to see you grandmother is the place where you see all your friends.

Most grandparents want to see their grandchildren graduate college, but one grandmother from Chicago had a chance to throw her own graduation cap alongside her granddaughter.

This is not a case of a real life 'Benjamin Button,' rather it's a story of a grandmother who practiced what she preached.

Almost four decades apart, one grandmother and granddaughter are part of the same graduating class without previously planning to finish together.

And now they've got some big dreams.

62-year-old Belina Berry and her 25-year-old granddaughter, Karea Berry, both walked across the stage after graduating with honors from Chicago State University.

"It was never planned, we both enrolled in school and we didn't know we were going to finish together because I was full-time and she was part-time, and it just worked out that way," Karea told Chicago ABC station WLS.

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Karea is a mother of a two-year-old girl and worked as a security guard while being a full-time criminal justice student.

"Education is the key to success," Karea quoted her grandmother.

Before Belinda graduated with a degree in business administration, she worked in a hospital's office for years. Now she wants to open a business of her own.  

"She is my inspiration and I feel like I am her inspiration so we push each other to do our best," Belinda said.

"It's never too late to pursue an education," she added, noting that she hopes to be an inspiration to not only young people, but also to those who think it's too late to follow their dreams.

However, this duo's journey doesn't stop here. They're both planning on attending graduate school in spring and hope to soon be able to bring their dreams to life.

Moojan has been a writer at Shared for a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.