Inspiring Single Mom Graduates from UCLA with Three Degrees
byKaitlin StanfordJun 18, 2014
If you think graduating with a college degree while holding down a job and raising three kids by yourself is a nearly impossible feat, you should meet Deanna Jordan. The 28-year-old single mom recently did just that, graduating with honors from the University of California Los Angeles with two bachelors degrees and a masters in African-American studies.
By 22, the Compton native had given birth to three sons, but was determined not to let early motherhood derail her dreams of going to college and making something of herself. Looking back on the birth of her third child, Jordan shared with CBS News the moment she decided to go back to school. “I had him and in the hospital I remember thinking, ‘I’m 22, there’s no future unless I can create one,’” she said.
So the single mom of three spent the next two years working hard at a local community college, then moving on to UCLA for another three and a half years. In that time, she watched her boys grow, she studied hard and she willed herself to keep going. This month, it all paid off (and then some).
“I needed for my sons to see there was a legacy that preceded them with college," she said. "I am the first in my family to go to college."
And just in case you thought all of Jordan's time must be spent at home or in the classroom, consider this: the super mom also holds down a job in the Compton mayor's office and founded the Compton Pipeline Taskforce, an after-school program that helps kids in Compton, where she grew up.
We don't know about you, but we're going to immediately stop using the phrase "there just aren't enough hours in the day" — because Deanna Jordan just went and proved us seriously wrong.