Mother and son both graduate together from Averett University


    Over 250 students graduated from Averett on Saturday including Peggy Adkins and her son, Ian Talbott. (WSET)<p>{/p}

    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- Averett University held its Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony on Saturday in a packed house.

    This was a special day for many including Peggy Adkins and her son Ian Talbott, who graduated together.

    "I just couldn't be happier," Adkins said. "Just grateful. Just really, really grateful to be here and to have accomplished something I started a long long time ago."

    Her son shared the same excitement.

    "Pretty surreal. I mean it seems like just yesterday I was doing freshman success and all that jazz so yeah it's really weird," Ian Talbott said.

    The mother and son were able to share the day together because they both got a college degree for the first time, which Adkins said she was initially worried about.

    "I was going to kind of let it slide and let it be his day, but I asked him about it and he said 'No, go for it Mom.' and so we did it together and it's really really nice," Adkins said.

    "It was really cool. As far as I'm concerned, I'm happy to share the day," Talbott said.

    Talbott got his degree in Computer Information Systems while Adkins got hers in Religion.

    Adkins said this experience will only add to the long list of memories with her son.

    "We got a lot of good memories already, so yeah it will be be fun," Adkins said.

    Talbott added that he starts his first job on Monday at Averett, where his mom is also an employee.

    Averett's Class of 2018 had 253 students graduate.

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