Mother of 5 finally graduates with law degree so her kids plan a big surprise

June 8, 2017 5:06 pm Last Updated: June 8, 2017 5:06 pm

It’s graduation season, which means along with all the pomp and circumstance there’s bound to be a few surprises for the graduates. It’s not unusual for someone to pop the question to their loved one while in their cap and gown, or even for someone to receive an expensive gift that they have always wanted.

So when Jerita Hall from Georgia saw a brand new Mercedes with a big red bow sitting outside Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School where she just graduated, she knew someone was going to be a very happy graduate. What she didn’t know was who that lucky graduate was.

It was her!

Lori Hall, Jerita’s daughter, posted a heartwarming video on Facebook. Along with her four siblings, she spent months planning the surprise for their hardworking mother. They wanted to thank her for being the best mother they could have ever asked for. Jerita made it a point to always put her children first, even when fighting stage three colorectal cancer, and vowed that she wouldn’t chase her dream of going to law school until all her children graduated college.

Jerita, who grew up in the late 1960s, told The Marietta Daily Journal that “girls were expected to graduate high school, go to college, get married, and have a family.” And she did exactly that, but after her children were set on their careers, she couldn’t help but think about her passion for law.

In 2011 she earned her master’s degree and was finally on her way to earning a law degree.

Last month all the years of hard work finally came to an end and her children wanted to make sure she was rewarded for her efforts. They got her a Mercedes Benz C300 and parked it just outside the graduation venue.

While the Hall family and friends were outside of the venue taking pictures, Lori told her mom to stand by herself in front of the car. Jerita still didn’t suspect anything, she was too happy about her accomplishments. While her family and friends were snapping photos, Lori shouted to her mom, “Mom! Are you good at baseball?”

“BAAASEBALL?” Jerita replied. And with that Lori tossed her mom the keys to her new car. To say Jerita was shocked and overwhelmed would be an understatement. “I was just out done. It took me two to three days to get over that they made such a loving gift to me,” Jerita told USA Today.

Now that Jerita has her law degree she doesn’t plan on slowing down, she plans on opening up her own law firm sometime in the future.

You can watch Jerita’s reaction in the video below.

On Saturday, we surprised my mom with her dream car for her graduation from law school gift. Yes, law school. At 64 years young! Inspiring!How did we give it to her?Read below!We gathered everyone outside who came to celebrate with her and asked everyone to take a pic with "the graduate" (aka mom).Mom sees the car with a big red ribbon on it and the story goes a lil' something like this:MOM: Oooooooo, someone is getting a car for graduation!! Where's MY husband so I can get one too!ME: SMIIIILE EVERYONE! ME: Mom, stand over here now by yourself (in front of the car, but she just thinks it's a random pic). SMIIIIIILE, Mom!MOM: (smiling big because she's happy her friends and family are all there and because graduation just ended)ME: (having no idea how to give her the key in a cool way)…..hey mom! (As she's still posing and I'm still snapping pics)…ME: Mom! Are you good at baseball?MOM: (through her smile) BAAASEBALL?ME: Yeah! Catch! (Tossing her the key)Watch what happens next….���������������������*i did ask for permission to post this!*To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email

Posted by Lori Hall on Monday, May 22, 2017

(H/T: USA Today)