Briana Williams, 24, recently graduated from law school. And as if that isn’t an accomplishment on its own, the new mama took her Harvard Law finals while in labor. Yep, that’s right. Harvard Law School finals. In labor.

Williams recently posted a cap and gown pic of herself on Instagram. But she wasn’t the only one in her grad photo. The mama was holding her baby daughter, Evelyn. The recent law school grad/mommy wrote, “I went into labor in April- during final exam period. I immediately requested an epidural so that my contractions wouldn’t interfere with my Family Law grade. And, with tears in my eyes, I finished it.” Whoa!


Not only did Williams complete her final while in labor, but she also completed the final year of law school as a single mom. Williams added (on IG), “To say that my last year of law school, with a newborn, and as a single mom was a challenge would be an understatement. Some days I was so mentally and emotionally fatigued that I did not leave my bed.”

Like other moms across the country, Williams also had childcare issues. At times she asked the Dean of Students’ office to watch her daughter. If that wasn’t possible, she took baby Evelyn to class with her. Even though graduating from one of the, if not the most, prestigious (and challenging) law schools in the country is a pretty amazing accomplishment for anyone, Williams certainly went above and beyond.

Heck, some of us having trouble finding the time to shower or put on something other than last week’s yoga pants. And Williams managed to make it through a grueling academic program. Of her accomplishment, Williams wrote, “At first, I was the anomaly of my [marginalized] community. Then, as a single mother, I became a statistic. Next, I pray that-for the sake of my baby, I will be an example.”Amazing!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Briana Williams via Instagram 


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