Come Saturday, more than 2,000 students at SIU will become graduates.
However, one student in particular is getting a lot more than her diploma, she's getting a reunion two years in the making.
Meet Sindy Amadorv. About two years ago, she moved from Honduras to Carbondale, leaving her then 15-month old son Karim behind.
"I missed several things actually and I am kinda going to regret it. Then I am thinking, 'It is worth it, everything I did is because of him.'"
Amadorv said it was a tough decision but it meant a better education than what was in Honduras and more opportunities for her and her family.
"It is all about future, and opening doors for me," Aamdorv said.
Over the years, she would visit, but she says it was like reuniting with a stranger.
"I just wanted to go and grab my son and hold him, but he was like, 'I don't know you,'" Amadorv said.
After Saturday, they'll be no more distance between them, just a future together.
Along with her husband, both will get to see Amadorv walk across the stage and receive two Master's Degrees during the commencement ceremony.
Amadorv says it's a day she thought would never come.
"Now, as a family we can overcome anything."
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