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Mother, Daughter Graduate Together at N.C. Central

Posted May 5, 2007 5:56 p.m. EDT
Updated May 5, 2007 6:57 p.m. EDT

— Two teachers are at the top of their class at North Carolina Central University with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, and one man — one woman’s husband and the other’s father — is very proud of them both.

Florine Moore -- a mother, grandmother, and teacher of 20 years – graduated with her master's degree in school administration Saturday. Walking down the aisle with her on graduation day was Shaneeka Moore, her daughter.

“It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience, something I never thought would happen, but I'm just excited and it makes the moment more extra special,” said Shaneeka.

“She and I studied together and did projects together, and then sometimes we did things independently and got a chance to compare at the end what the product was and who did the best product,” Florine said.

Timothy Moore is doubly proud of his wife and his daughter.

“Having Mom in class with her, the two motivated each other,” Timothy said. “So, it's been a great experience for the family.”

Still, there were times when Mom pulled rank, even in class.

“There were times when I needed to stop talking so much,” Shaneeka said. “She may have told me to (hush) a couple times. Other than that, it was a great experience.”

Shaneeka and Florine Moore have worked together before. They both taught at Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham for four years.

After studying together and graduating together, some might think the plan would be to go their separate ways. But now they want to work together. They hope to get assistant principal jobs next school year, and ultimately they both want to be principals.

“She says I'm going to be her assistant principal, but it's going to be the other way around,” Shaneeka said.

It was the largest graduating class ever at N.C. Central, which is in the middle of two big transitions. The university is making the move to Division I athletics and is also looking for a new chancellor. The current chancellor, James Ammons, is leaving his post to go to his alma mater, Florida A&M.