Mom, daughter to graduate together
After Rose Valero receives her scholarship from Lake Tahoe Community College, she plans to see a well-earned light-hearted movie with her daughter, who is also graduating from the school.
The mother-daughter graduating duet both aim to obtain bachelor degrees in psychology. Rose, the mother, will focus on education and Kathryn, 21, with a possible emphasis on the marketing aspect.
Rose completed 24.5 credits, double what is considered a full-time student, during the spring quarter.
“I’m brain dead, sleep deprived,” she said outside the college’s library where she works part time. “By my last final I didn’t do as well as I could have.”
The college will graduate 97 students on its campus at 6 p.m. today. Fifty of the students will receive a share of $57,100 in scholarship money.
Studying and working at the campus prompted her to make sacrifices. She had many meals at the cafeteria, which options have been reduced to lack of customers, and household chores suffered helping make her residence appear “like a war zone.”
“I basically live here,” she said.
Kathryn, a MontBleu Resort and Casino employee confirmed her mother’s busy schedule.
“Probably the only time I got to see her was when I ran into her at the college,” Kathryn said.
Rose, and possibly Kathryn, will move on to University of Nevada, Reno. Rose hopes to use her degree to tackle problems she sees in public education.
“I want to save the world,” she said.
Ironically, she and her daughter never shared a class. Kathyrn said her mother gave her notes for a tough statistics class.
“We took a lot of the same classes and had a lot of the same classes but never actually had a class together,” Kathryn said.
They didn’t plan on graduating either. But when they do, Rose will be able to exhale and see that movie.
“Something that’s really fluff,” she said.
If you go
What: Lake Tahoe Community
When: Friday, June 23, at 6 p.m.
Where: LTCC campus off Al Tahoe Boulevard