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This Mom Went to Every Class with Her Quadriplegic Son & Got An Amazing Surprise

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So often a mom’s hard work is often overlooked and unseen–but this week, one mom got noticed for her work–and even awarded for it. The mom of of a quadriplegic student was awarded an honorary degree–because she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration.

It’s so heartwarming and inspiring that she and her son could work together in order to help him achieve his dream.

So, who is the awesome mom? It’s Judy O’Connor, a retired teacher. During Marty’s commencement at Chapman University in the Los Angeles area, the administration, faculty, and board of trustees all decided to give O’Connor an MBA because of how vital she was to her son’s education–and the idea came from her son, which is extra sweet.

Marty became paralyzed after a fall while he was working as a salesman for a packaging industry company. He told AP that getting his Master’s degree gave him a “direction”:

“After I got hurt, I didn’t know which end was up. I didn’t really have a direction. I needed that mental challenge and wanted to add some professional value to myself.”

Watch a short video of his commencement below:

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