It’s never too late to further your education and no matter how old you are, it is still a major accomplishment!
Kimora Lee Simmons recently celebrated earning her college degree from the University of Hartford in Connecticut. The 43-year-old former model and fashion designer attained her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Business and Entrepreneurial Affairs at the same time her oldest daughter, Ming Lee Simmons, graduated high school.
Kimora credits both of her daughters, Ming and Aoki, for helping her through some of her most challenging moments.
“My daughters would help me format my papers. They helped me with the formatting and laying it out,” she told Us Weekly. “I’ve had pure breakdowns on my Instagram Lives. They’ve helped me overcome that, and as a parent, I’m there to encourage them, to help push them and being there for when they stumble. I want that to be the message that in the last few months, I’ve dealt with school bullies, long nights, writing papers and everything else in our lives. I was doing this for me though. I was doing it for myself and it feels good.”
Kimora says going back to school had nothing to do with her business. In fact, she taught business and entrepreneurship classes while completing online courses. “The students in my class were so diverse, people from graphic design, business, music, fashion and teaching them helped me see my reach and influence,” she explained. “I think that’s the true measure of success is how many people’s lives you touch and how many people you can impact and I’m proud of how many people I’ve influenced and how I could change lives in that way.”
Graduations can be one of those “happy-tears” moments and for Kimora, it was no different. “I didn’t know it was going to be as emotional as it was, but it was, and I was nervous! … It’s never too late to go back to school and get your degree,” she said. “My cap and gown was the best gown I’ve ever worn. And my favorite accessory to go with it, my National Honors Society tassel!”
As for how 18-year-old Ming Lee felt sharing the spotlight with her mother, Kimora admits, “Well, Ming Lee says I stole her light. She’s upset to have to share it with me, but it’s a great example of setting an example for yourself and your kids. When they say you’re never too old to go back, it’s true. No matter what situation you’re in, it’s possible.”
Kimora Lee Simmons is a mother of 4, who believes in continued education and credits motherhood as being one of the reasons graduating college has been a fulfilling journey. “I did this for myself and I did it for my kids. I believe in continued education and I think there are a lot of different ways you can go about it … I think it taking 20 years and having four kids made it even more fulfilling to me,” she noted. “Even though finishing up my classes was grueling at times, it makes me feel so good to have done it,” she said.
Congratulations to both Kimora and Ming!