Student Earns Degree After Going Through Struggles

Bridgewater, Va. -- Saturday was Jevone Fentress' big day, because he graduated from Bridgewater College.

He says he worked hard to get to this day.

"I lived in my science department until like 3 O'clock in the morning and I would bring myself food; they had microwaves," says Fentress.

His mother, Tracy, says school work wasn't his only struggle.
"His stepfather, who's been in his life for about 11 years, was diagnosed with stage four cancer," says Tracy.

There was even a night when he got a call and thought he was going to lose his stepfather.

"I thought he was going to die. I woke up...and I was crying. It's a four hour drive, and I got home in 2 and a half hours," says Fentress.

He didn't lose his stepfather that day, but that wasn't the end of his struggle as financial burdens also took a toll.

"I held on to our house for five years, and I just lost it last year," says Tracy." Jevone thought about quitting school to help out, but his stepdad wouldn't allow it," she added.

Now Jevone has his Bachelor's of Science in Biology and eventually wants to become a veterinarian.

He says that he knows there are other people out there who may be going through same thing as him and he offers some advice.

"Stay focused, there are a lot of things in college that just happens and you just got to stay focused on your studies," says Fentress. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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