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(FOX 11) Getting an education was a life-long goal that Jean Saffold-Lester wasn't able to accomplish until later in life.  And now at the age of 55, she's proud to wear a cap and gown, but what makes Jean the happiest is that this graduation day she's walking right beside her son and her daughter.

"It's indescribable it's joyful its oh, real its real, just to be able to be here with them," said Saffold-Lester. "I'm excited I'm overwhelmed and I'm proud," said Temeka Cabs, Jean's daughter.

The trio got Associate of Arts degrees from Los Angles Southwest College together. 22-year-old Charles Lester even took most of his classes with his mom! The two of them are getting degrees in criminal justice. "It was big because she encouraged me to stay in school, you know we helped each other to get through and she was my biggest motivator," said Charles.

But along the way there were lots of hurdles this family of grads had to overcome.

Jean decided to turn misfortune into an opportunity to make her dream a reality, "I always had a desire to further my education so I got the opportunity after being laid off my job, and I just came back to school to do it," she said.

Jean's 38-year-old daughter Temeka also put her education aside, just like Jean, to raise her family.

"I went to college right after high school for a couple years, but I decided to stop working and then I had children," said Cabs. But her mother's decision motivated Temeka to go back to school too!  So she quit her job and became a full time student.

Despite the hard times they had to overcome, the family agrees the sacrifices were worth it. "I would say to definitely pursue your goals don't let obstacles get in your way and just keep pressing forward," said Cabs.

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