Mom and Daughter Graduate From Florida International University Together

Credit: Florida International University
Credit: Florida International University

It was a super special moment for the pair.

A Florida mom and daughter graduated college together, an experience they will both cherish for years to come.

Gigi Bolt, 38, received her master’s degree in public administration from Florida International University on May 2. Her daughter, 22-year-old Katherine Bolt, was right behind her to receive her bachelor's degree in political science.

Gigi Bolt, who had Katherine when she was just 16, said she never stopped pursuing her education.

"We really have grown up together," Bolt told

In 2012, Bolt received her own bachelor's degree from the same school.

Bolt said she took Katherine with her to some of undergrad classes when she didn't have anyone to watch her.

But, when the mom thought about going back to school to get her master’s degree, she decided not to do so until Katherine had graduated high school.

"When she was looking at schools, she got accepted to FIU," Bolt said. "She decided that’s where she wanted to go."

In 2015, Bolt began a master’s degree program at the school, but the pair never thought they would graduate together.

"I was going at night part-time, working full-time," Bolt said.

When Bolt’s mom died last year, she even thought about quitting. But, the mother and daughter banded together to keep going.

"We studied together and pushed each other," Bolt said.

The pair found out in the fall that they would graduate together.

They asked school officials if Bolt could be the last name called for the master’s degrees during the ceremony and Katherine could be the first name called for Bachelor’s degrees so they could walk one after the other.
The university even sat the mom and daughter together during the ceremony for the special occasion.

"It was amazing,” Katherine said. "We always say that we do everything together. So it was fitting that we graduated together.