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Sharing Inspiration with Millions

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 10, 2017) – The story of a mother and daughter who are graduating together this semester from UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare was seen by millions yesterday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA).

The duo, Paula O’Neil and Chantel Batuk, were selected as part of a GMA series which profiles non-traditional students who have overcome significant obstacles to graduate.

Their segment was narrated by GMA anchor Robin Roberts. It included scenes from the University’s Uptown and Downtown Campuses. Paula and Chantel were interviewed in the Dewey Graduate Library.

Roberts also spoke with the duo live in studio and presented them with a weekend package at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

 “Don’t let your age, your circumstances, determine your journey,” Paula told Roberts. “There are risks [with returning to college]. It’s not easy, but it’s an investment in yourself. I encourage others to take the step.”

You can learn more about Paula and Chantel’s story here.

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