Like mother, like son.

Maurice McBride and his mother, Vickie, recently both earned their Ph.Ds in the same graduation ceremony at Capella University.

Earning a Ph.D. is obviously an accomplishment, but it’s even more so for this mother and son team. Vickie gave birth to Maurice when she was 13, yet she somehow continued her education, while Maurice had to deal with some setbacks that landed him in a juvenile detention facility.

Vickie earned her degree in K-12 education, while got his in organizational management.

Vickie says she hopes their story is a lesson for others, noting, "For those who have gone through [tough situations]. You can be successful. You can be anything. You can do anything once you make up your mind that that is what you want to do. Set a goal and go for it.”