Austin mom, daughter graduate college together

AUSTIN (KXAN) – This Mother’s Day went down in history for one Central Texas mom. She reached a major milestone and hopes her actions inspire others to never give up.

Pam Folsom learned a lesson from her 81-year-old strategic management professor – you are never too old to do anything. Folsom hoped to graduate college before turning 55.

“It was on my bucket list,” she said.

On Saturday, she graduated with a marketing degree from St. Edward’s University at the age of 53. However, she didn’t do it alone. Her daughter Brittany was by her side, working toward a degree in business management at the same time.

“We’re competitive and hard working so that runs in the family,” Brittany said.

There is a 30-year age gap between the pair, but both have been juggling work and night classes. Pam has her own real estate business and an office job. Brittany is an assistant manager at a hair salon.

“We’re here in the same place, but we’re definitely doing different ambitions – both trying to rock the world,” Brittany said.

Pam and Brittany did not expect to receive their diplomas on the same day, but the timing was perfect and graduation day was more special than they imagined.

“I would rather have her walking next to me than just sitting in the audience and looking,” Brittany said.

“I’m so proud of her. I mean it’s just awesome,” Pam added.

Brittany and Pam are celebrating the major accomplishment together and have a message for others.

“Just because you don’t do it right after high school, you can still go on and persevere, and it still means a lot… just as it did in the beginning,” Pam said.

Pam and Brittany were enrolled in the New College program at St. Edward’s designed for working adults. Click here for more information. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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