Though members of the Flennoy family bear strikingly different ages, they are all bonded by the year 2017, Huffington Post reported. The five women featured in the photo taken by photographer Darryl Hammond are all 2017 graduates.
While holding 2017 graduation caps, LaWanda Flennoy poses alongside her two older daughters, who graduated from college this month, her youngest, who graduated from high school, and her granddaughter who just finished kindergarten.
The celebrations don't stop there, though. LaWanda is celebrating her own college graduation.
“The photo makes me feel proud, for a couple of reasons,” Flennoy said. “First, that I have been a role model for these ladies and second, that they have set out and accomplished their goals. Graduating was not an easy task for any of us, as we’ve all had setbacks and feelings of uncertainty. But this year, we’ve conquered them all.”
And the ladies all graduated with prestige. Flennoy’s daughter Amari, who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in industrial engineering, has accepted a position with Ford Motor Company. Her other daughter, Paris, graduated from Chicago State University with a degree in public relations and will go on to work for Apple.
Jade, LaWanda's granddaughter, will attend Illinois State University to study criminal justice. And, her granddaughter Brooklyn, is a proud kindergarten graduate.
“These ladies are awesome, and I’m so proud of them!” Flennoy said.
Flennoy said Paris was the mastermind behind the graduation shoot and insisted that she take part in some photos. LaWanda is set to graduate from South Suburban College with a degree in psychology.
“I have always taught my girls that they can be whatever they want to be. A solid education and unwavering belief in themselves are great foundations for success,” Flennoy said. “I hope people realize that with determination, focus and a good support system, anyone can meet their potential.”
The two-hour photoshoot was enjoyable for the photographer too, saying the clan brought nothing but smiles. Haymmond said he hopes that people are inspired by the group photo.
“It’s a huge accomplishment for one person to graduate, let alone five total AND three generations,” he explained. “I want parents to encourage their kids to stay in school, continue their education and never give up WHILE doing the same thing. Everyone loved this photo; I want everyone to see this photo and say, ‘This photo is an inspiration; this is a beautiful family.’”
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