Mother daughter duo graduate hours apart

Mother daughter duo graduate hours apart

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A Texoma woman celebrated a milestone Saturday morning by getting her master's degree.

But, she also shared this special day with her own mother.

Lillian Gomez walked the stage Saturday morning at Kay Yeager Coliseum to be hooded as she received her master's degree in Criminal Justice.

Her mother, Tresa Gomez, cheered for her from the stands.

The night before was Tresa's special day.

Friday night, Tresa finished a 14-year-long journey of completing a bachelor's degree.

When her daughter, Lillian, was 11-years-old, Tresa decided she wanted to reach for the stars.

"Even though I had a good job, I felt I needed more. So, when I started college there was no option to stop," Tresa Gomez said.

The single mother took a few classes each semester while juggling two or more jobs and being a single mother.

"I wasn't probably the easiest child and I know there were a million things I had to (...) give up and at the time I didn't understand, but I do now," her daughter, Lillian Gomez said.

This weekend, both women reached milestones together.

Lillian, a mother herself, said she appreciates the sacrifices her mother made to get her education. Those sacrifices are what drove Lillian to get her master's degree.

Saturday they both celebrated their achievements and made plans for both of their futures.

"Right now to me, it just feels like it's the end of the semester but come January when I don't have to pick classes and order books I think that's when it's going to hit me," Tresa said.

Tresa is considering working on a master's degree after seeing her daughter tackle the challenge.

Lillian has accepted a job offer in Dallas County after getting some experience at the Wichita County Sheriff's Office, which she said she was grateful for.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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