ORANGE, Calif. — A Southern California university has awarded an honourary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.
Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary-school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday at Chapman University in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange.
Then, a choked-up graduation announcer said the school’s faculty, administrators and board of trustees had decided to give her an MBA. The idea for the surprise honourary degree came from her son.
A stunned but composed Judy O’Connor blew a kiss to the crowd giving her a standing ovation.
“I’m a geek. I love being in school,” she said before the ceremony. “I’m not going to lie. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Marty O’Connor received an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and …
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