Despite their struggles and obstacles, Vickie McBride and Maurice McBride (mother and son) recently graduated with their PhDs together.
“At the age of 13 I got pregnant with Maurice,” said Dr. Vickie McBride.
“As a teenager I continued my education. That was never an option,” explained Vickie.
“I had to figure out how to work and how to parent and how to manage school all at the same time.” she said.
“[I] started hanging out with some of the wrong people and got into some trouble,” he explained.
After ending up in a juvenile probation facility he knew it was time to turn his life around. He said, “I picked up the bible and I started reading and I was like it all makes sense. I see how it actually comes to fruition. I see how I ended up here.”
After many mountains climbed and battles fought, mother and son decided to go back to school to get their PhDs together.
“I didn’t let my situation define who I was. I defined my situation. I looked at my situation and I told situation this is where we are going and this is what we are doing,” said Vickie.