Mother, daughter to graduate together

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Margaret Hansen and her daughter, Kathleen Brown, do everything together. But graduating from college? That one wasn’t planned.

“I never knew that when I was looking at Kathleen for the first time, that I’d be standing on a stage with her getting a degree,” Hansen said.

But that’s exactly what will happen Saturday, when Hansen and her daughter both get handed a diploma from Three Rivers Community College in New London.

Brown was the first to decide to restart her education.

“Life took over, married, had kids, and now it was time to go back to school,” she said.

Hansen’s reason: “I figured, I’m not working now and it would be something we could do together. The first class we took together was natural disasters.”

Hansen studied sociology and criminal justice while Kathleen is getting her degree in business management.

“I’d call her up (and ask) what are you doing? School work? Yeah, me too,” Brown said.

Like mother like daughter.

“She stays on her computer all day long,” Hansen said of her daughter. “She won’t let go of anything. Even when I give her the answer, she has to double check it.”

Brown said her journey back into education will show her children that it’s never too late to go back to school. Same thing with her mother.

From here, Brown plans to continue her education, going for her bachelors in criminal justice at Central Connecticut State University. Her mom, though, won’t be joining her for those classes.

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