Merecedes Williams also works for Pittsburgh Public Schools.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — More than 430 Duquesne University students graduated on Friday.

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Among them was Merecedes Williams — whose graduation has been 15 years in the making.

She is the media manager for Pittsburgh Public Schools.

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Over the years, she faced homelessness, a fire, financial hardship — and even COVID-19 — while raising her three children.

“I’m hoping that when people see me, they see perseverance,” she said.

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She has graduated with a degree in multiplatform journalism.