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63-year old father receives degree alongside son

CELEBRATED: Benjamin Jeanty (l) and Duvinson Jeanty (r) photo credit:

63-YEAR-old Duvinson Jeanty was right alongside his son receiving a bachelor’s degree of his own last Friday (May 36).

Duvinson and his 27-year-old son Benjamin both graduated from William Paterson University in New Jersey and are the first in their family to receive college degrees.

Duvinson, a Haitian immigrant, retired from his 25-year stint as a New Jersey Transit bus driver in 2013 to become a full-time student at the university. “It’s always been my dream, my goal to finish college,” Duvinson told CBS New York.

Benjamin also had a rocky journey in higher education, starting with a year at Rutgers University in 2008, where he left the school and began working in the fast food industry. Three years later, he realised he wanted to pursue something he felt was more purposeful.

“I starting making good money, and making money is cool, but how am I serving the community? How am I helping others?” Benjamin told Fox News.

Instead of returning to Rutgers to pursue psychology, Benjamin enrolled at William Paterson, where his dad was already studying finance.

“He was my biggest cheerleader and inspiration,” Benjamin told “There were some times I’d come home from work or class late and I’d see him studying and it would encourage me. Seeing him walk across the stage and get his diploma was indescribable.”

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