Single mom’s open letter to 4-year-old son on college graduation day will bring you to tears

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GREENSBORO, NC – There is nothing stronger than a mother’s love, and this photo is a prime example!

Jelina Sheppard, 24, graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in mathematics last week. The single mother celebrated the very special occasion by sharing a photo of herself in tears and embracing her biggest supporter – her 4-year-old son Karter.

She also shared an emotional letter that she wrote to Karter .

Dear Karter,

For all those nights you had to fall asleep in the library, for all those times you had to watch cartoons alone because I needed to do homework, for the early mornings in daycare because I needed to be in class to being the last one there because I had to work, most importantly for the moments of separation because I needed to get this done, Thank you. You are the motivation for my heart to keep beating. I love you more than words can say. I finished because you needed to see me do it. I’m not strong because I want to be, I’m strong because I’m your first example. We’ve seen a lot and overcame a lot more.

To infinity and beyond, a mother’s greatest love. #‎iGraduated

Sheppard’s raw and relatable message went viral, and it’s been shared over 71,000 times on Facebook.

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