Deanna Jordan

A 28-year-old single mother of three graduated from UCLA with not one, not two, but THREE degrees on Friday.

Deanna Jordan, a native of Compton, said it was imperative that her sons see her walk across stage. 

From CBS News: 

“I needed for my sons to see there was a legacy that preceded them with college. I am the first in my family to go to college,” Jordan said. […] After high school, she got pregnant at 18. She had her third son at 22.

“I had him and in the hospital I remember thinking, ‘I’m 22, there’s no future unless I can create one,’” Jordan said.

After two years at West Los Angeles Community College and three-and-a-half years at UCLA, the department scholar is graduating with two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s in African-American Studies.

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In addition to her impressive educational pursuits, Jordan also founded the Compton Pipeline Taskforce where she and UCLA volunteers work on academics at Compton schools.

“You can’t really succeed unless you fail, and I failed a lot of times, but it was my persistence and my willingness never to give up,” she said.

Jordan plans to take a year off before heading to law school.


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