ada Sayles found herself facing an unexpected twist on what was supposed to be her graduation day. The stage was set for her to proudly receive her degree from Dillard University, a renowned historically Black institution in New Orleans. However, destiny had different plans in store for her. Around 4:30 a.m. on May 15, instead of preparing for her graduation ceremony, Jada found herself in labor, being admitted to the hospital.
Yes, even though her bundle of joy prevented her from physically crossing the graduation stage, all hope was not lost. Dillard University stepped up and ensured that Jada could still savor the full graduation experience.
Jada went into labor on Friday evening, and in the early hours of Saturday, she messaged Walter M. Kimbrough, the president of Dillard University, sharing her situation. Not missing a beat, Kimbrough tweeted, "So we rolled up to the hospital so I could finish my tenure in the most special way." He further expressed, "I did something today I have never done before in 18 years as a college president. I conferred a degree in a hospital..." It's evident that Kimbrough's commitment and compassion as an administrator knows no bounds.
I even did the tassel part of commencement! This really was a very sweet moment. I’ll never forget it. pic.twitter.com/gVExIXMMgi— Walter M. Kimbrough (@HipHopPrez) May 15, 2022
Undoubtedly, Jada Sayles will have a tale to recount to her son for years to come. The bond between a mother and her child is only strengthened by sharing such a momentous occasion. This unexpected turn of events, filled with emotions and unforeseen blessings, has forever etched a unique chapter in their lives, reminding them of the unbreakable connection they share.
I did something today I have never done before in 18 years as a college president. I conferred a degree in a hospital… pic.twitter.com/Ro7TR2gtYC— Walter M. Kimbrough (@HipHopPrez) May 15, 2022
In the end, Jada's graduation may not have followed the conventional script, but it unfolded with a beauty and meaning that surpassed all expectations. It serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit and resilience that runs through the veins of Jada, her son Easton, and the entire Dillard University community.