Mother and son walk at Butte College graduation




Butte Valley >> When Zach Bennett graduated on Friday from Butte College, his mother Lisa wasn’t in the bleachers, applauding her son.

She was sitting right beside him, ready to get her diploma too.

Earlier in the week, the mother and son from Paradise talked about graduating together from Butte College.

Zach graduated from Chico High in 2014, and was headed to Butte College, studying to become a firefighter after a counselor suggested it might be a good direction.

His mother began thinking about going back to school as her son prepared. She had been working with a children’s program, and decided to shoot for study in early childhood development.

Three years later, he walked with an associate degree in fire science, but then is headed back for another semester, finishing with a degree in English. He’s pursuing the love of video games.

Lisa Bennett walked with three degrees — associate degrees in early childhood development, in child development, and in human behavioral science.

While her son returns to Butte for one more semester after changing his area of study, she says she’s done.

“I just wanted to support him.”

Both have health issues that provided some challenges.

For Zach Bennett, the idea of seeing his mother at school wasn’t such a charming idea, but he actually took a class with her — in math. She sat at the front of the class.

“I have readers (glasses) and had to sit close.”

He was at the back.

But in their own way, each is proud of the other.

“I…

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