Tasha Oliver wasn’t cheering her daughter on from the stands during her college graduation. She was right beside her, because the mom was walking across the stage to grab her bachelor’s degree, too. 
“When I came out of the military, I realized that wasn’t the career I wanted to be in,” Oliver said. “I realized that if I could take care of my children, I could take care of people.” 
So she enrolled into Clayton State University to become a registered nurse. By the time she had entered college and beat breast cancer twice, it was time for her daughter to enter undergrad. 
But it took a few months for Patterson to finally take school seriously. Once she did, she and her mother started taking classes and studying together as healthcare management majors.