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For Armonte Patton, the joyful May graduation day stood in stark contrast to a somber August day that set his life on a spiral four years ago.
“My grandma passed away,” he told the graduating class of Mission View Charter School during his commencement speech.
After completing high school, Brandon Mason enrolled in San Bernardino Valley College to pursue a career in nursing. But then his mother, who had raised him on her own, was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Editor's Note: The following originally ran in the New Jersey Community College Consortium magazine. It has been published here with permission from the original author.