A father and daughter duo have achieved remarkable success after both graduating from Buffalo State University in New York on the same day.
Cesar Galarza and his daughter Clarimar both graduated Buffalo State University at the same time as their bachelor's degree. Cesar told GMA that he decided to go back to school nine years after he and his family moved to New York.
He earned an associate degree in social sciences and then earned his bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College with his daughter. He said school was difficult because English is both his and his daughter's second language.
“It was difficult, it was a challenge. We went through school in the most difficult time, but we overcame it,” he said. Cesar attributed his success to his wife of 24 years and his 15-year-old son, who helps him study and proofread his papers.
He said he and his daughter run their school together. Cesar said he would give his daughter a ride to school, and they would have lunch together when they were together.
The Father and Daughter duo graduate from the same university on the same day
He stated that they shared virtual classes together during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. “She did better than me. I did pretty well. But she always did better than me,” he said.
Cesar said he will continue to work as a pastor in his community while pursuing his master's degree, while Clarimar is still deciding what's next for it. Cesar advised other parents or adults considering going back to school, saying it's never too late. “It's always possible. I am 41 years old and I did it,” he said.