Henrico school bus driver charged with felony child neglect
City firefighters and police officers could see pay raises within 2 weeks
Dog bites child at local PetSmart store
Sister of man fatally shot by police opens up about his ‘internal battles’
When last Martin’s locations will close next week
Feds charge former VCU basketball star

Attending every grad class with quadriplegic son, mom earns degree, too

Like so many parents, Judy O’Connor was filled with pride when her son earned an MBA.

What she didn’t know was that she was getting a degree, too.

Marty O’Connor graduated Saturday with a master’s degree in business administration from Chapman University in Orange, California. An accident a few years ago left him a quadriplegic, reliant on voice-recognition software and other aids — and unable to take notes or write answers to tests.

So his mother went to every class with him, scribbling down notes and helping out however she could.

“As a mom, you just want to help your kids get through things,” Judy O’Connor, a retired school teacher, told CNN affiliate KTLA. “I always believed in him. I knew he could do it, and I just wanted to have his back.”

Turns out her son had her back, too. At his graduation, O’Connor wheeled her son across the stage. Then she was recognized as a “special individual” and awarded an honorary MBA of her own as the crowd cheered.

And it was all her son’s idea.

“I was just so excited for her,” Marty O’Connor said, “because she deserved it so much.”