SEATTLE, Washington (KING) -- Among the nearly 5,000 University of Washington graduates this spring are a mother and daughter four decades apart.
Bonnie Swanson, 61, and her daughter Mariah Louie, 21, are earned bachelors degrees.
"I didn't see this day coming," said Bonnie Swanson.
Despite being close to earning her degree, Swanson dropped out of college in the mid 1980's to support three kids and family. Her partner was in intensive care waiting for a donor heart that never came.
"I always had this empty feeling inside that I wasn't complete," said Swanson.
"She got this crazy idea and she went with it," said Mariah Louie, Swanson's daughter.