Cristal Fortino, of Manchester, earned her degree in sociology from McDaniel College, and took part in commencement ceremonies on May 19.
Fortino, who was a stay-at-home mom to her two children for 15 years, enrolled at McDaniel College after her husband lost his job due to downsizing.
It was around her family's dinner table that the decision was made for her to return to school, and a scholarship from McDaniel allowed her to achieve that goal.
Fortino technically graduated in December, but took part in the May commencement. She is continuing her graduate studies in McDaniel's Human Resource Development program and hopes to receive her master's degree from the college in May 2014.