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Graduating through adversity

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Wilmington, NC (WWAY)- "I mean in today's society, with the way the world is going, you will not be able to function in this world without an education," says CFCC graduate Shynett Batts.

Shynett Batts didn't expect to spend the better part of a decade getting her degree from Cape Fear Community College. She enrolled for the first time in 2000, but she gave birth to the second of her three children on the day classes were supposed to start for her second semester. Less than a year later she gave birth to her third child.

"I didn't just tell them that education is important," said Batts. "I'm showing them how much it's important."

Batts went back to Cape Fear while working to support her family. But shortly after she returned doctors told her she would have to have surgery on her foot.

"Surgery didn't go good. I ended up having to have a second surgery and was told I had to have a third surgery."

She wasn't able to work and was eventually evicted.

"You know you're talking full-time mother, full-time student, full-time employee, and you know one day you don't have a home."

Batts became depressed, dropped out of school, and quit her job. One doctor even recommended she apply for disability.

"I left his office, I bypassed social security, and I went back to CFCC and that was in '07 when I went and signed back up for school."

With the help of her teachers Batts was finally able to focus on school. Friday, she graduated from CFCC with a Paralegal Diploma and Civil Litigation Certificate. Batts says she will pursue a career in criminal justice and is already looking to the future.

"I would love to see myself retire with the FBI."

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You used to pass by me in

You used to pass by me in class everyday and I didn't even know you were my cuzzo. Congratulations! Reggie

I am so proud of you cousin!!

Congratulations and keep up the good work. Those beautiful babies are so proud of their mother. Give the family my love

(Sonny Boy's daughter) Sandra

Good job

This proves with drive and desire a person can get an education. Way to go Shynett, you will go far in life.


I am proud of you for taking a stand not all African American people are lazy and looking for the next handout.I hope you will be and example to others.Congrats

It takes one individual

It takes one individual getting their college degree to prove that NOT ALL AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE LAZY?? Wow. I don't even know where to start with that one.


It means that a lot of African Americans go out and get and education.I am proud of her.Maybe she can be and example for other people of her race.

What a

motivational story. Clear proof there can be life without permanent, life long entitlements.

She's proof there should be no excuses; if one wants an education and a way out of entitlements, it only takes focus and hard work.