Father and Daughter Realize Dream of Graduating from Norfolk State Together

Cleon Disnew and his daughter Alvernia will graduate from Norfolk State University this Saturday, both with undergraduate degrees in mass communications and psychology, respectively. The ceremony will create a timeless moment in the university’s commencement fun facts, but for Cleon, it will be the realization of more than a decade of working to overcome illiteracy and a learning disorder to achieve the dream of higher education. From the release:

“At the urging of his family and due to the demands of work and church, Disnew began attending NSU in 1996 where he began learning how to read and write while pursuing  a music degree. During that time, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder—something that had plagued him all his life. After a year at NSU, the stresses and struggles of life—raising a family, working, going to school— took their toll on him and he dropped out.  More than 10 years went by—in fall 2009, he finally returned.”

“It’s been like coming up the rough side of the mountain,” said Disnew. But despite his difficulties, he credits NSU with helping him reach this important day in his life. “I was intimidated the first time I came here and then 10 years later,” he said. “There are a lot of good people here. There are people here who naturally try to help get you to where you need to go.”

  • http://www.windycityjags.com DuWarn V. Porter

    its never to late and what an example for other African-American fathers to follow.