Springfield mother, daughter to graduate from Cedarville University together

A Springfield mother and daughter have shared their senior year of college and will be graduating together from Cedarville University in May, according to a release from the college.

Christina Penrose will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting and Hayley Penrose will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in social work.

“It is an honor to graduate with my daughter. I was thankful she was okay with sharing her senior year with me,” Christina said.

Hayley is graduating a year early, which is how she is able to graduate with her mother.

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“I am very excited we can both accomplish our goals together. I think it will remove excuses for my future children and her future grandchildren,” she said. “We both knew we would graduate, there was no doubt in our minds. The timing of our graduation was definitely unexpected.”

Christina began working towards her degree in accounting in 2009. She is currently an Accounting Control Analyst at the Speedway Corporate office and the former administrative assistant for the department of science and mathematics at Cedarville University.

“Going to school part time and working full time and having a family is incredibly challenging,” she said. “I have a very supportive family, and my former department, which is like family, has really encouraged me.”

Hayley enrolled in college in 2018. She currently works for the Clark County Combined Health District and has been a part of the COVID-19 response team.

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“Since March, Hayley has been part of our growing team who are providing the local public health response to SARS-CoV2 in Clark County,” said Christina Conover at the health district. “Hayley has been an asset as part of our team, as she is able to connect with individuals impacted by COVID-19 and advocate for their unique needs through her efforts at CCCHD.”

Hayley said she hopes to continue serving families at the health district after graduation, and hopes one day to open a nonprofit dance studio where families can have access to affordable recreational activities.

The two said it’s surreal that their time as students together is coming to an end.

“The other day we took our senior photos,” Hayley said. “She’s (Christina) been going to school for almost 12 years, and it was so cool to see her get dressed in the cap and gown before we graduate and see her accomplish that goal.”

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