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Mom Receives Honorary Degree For Attending Every Class With Quadriplegic Son

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Mom helps son receive his MBA.

Hold onto your heart — this story is gonna give it a big squeeze!

The mother of a quadriplegic student has received an honorary degree from Chapman University in Orange, CA for attending every class with her son and taking his notes for him.

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Marty O'Connor became paralyzed after falling down a flight of stairs at his job in 2012. He uses an iPad, laptop, voice recognition software, and a mouth stylus to communicate, but cannot take his own notes or write down test answers. His mother, Judy O'Connor, did that for him in graduate school so he could earn his MBA.

During graduation on Saturday, Judy pushed Marty in his wheelchair to receive his diploma when an announcement was made that she was being given her own honorary degree. It had been Marty's idea.

Judy received a standing ovation and blew a kiss to the crowd.

Before the ceremony took place, she explained how much she loved school and helping her son:

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