Sisters graduate from nursing program

(WTVY News 4)
Published: May. 8, 2018 at 8:41 PM CDT
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It's graduation season for Wallace Community College's Nursing Program, but for two future nurses, getting to graduate means so much more.

For sisters Ashley Knight and Vanessa Stephens, being able to walk across the stage together was something special.

Knight says, "It feels amazing, we're very blessed for where we are right now. We know we couldn't have done that without our family and all the support we've had here, but it feels very good, today."

Ashley and Vanessa made a big decision when it came to life after high school. Both started families of their own, but later felt motivated to go into Wallace's nursing program.

"We both decided to get married first and have our children, and then after I had my kids, and she had one of hers, we decided that we needed a better education so that we could support our family together," said Knight.

Being able to build that family meant that both of them had an even larger support system.

Ashley's husband, Landon Knight says, "It's everything to her, as long as you're there. She could study, it was countless nights of ignore the husband, so I could get ready for this test. You've gotta have that support system, but you're good to go."

Sister Vanessa said, "...the support system, I don't think we could have done it without them, we had a team, and it takes a team."

Both have one thing to say for anyone who's on the fence for anyone going back to school after starting a family.

"I want people to know you can do it, you can still work full time, be a parent. We have little kids under five, both of us did. We have five kids under five. And you can still work full time, be a full time student and be a mom and not give up," said Ashley.

The girls have a third sister who also graduated from Wallace College. Bianca Strohl received her nursing pin last December.