When Dorian Joyner, Jr.’s dad mentioned that he would be seeing him on the campus of Morehouse College, the freshman assumed his dad was coming to campus for a visit and to spend the day with him; however, Dorian Joyner, Sr. had actually enrolled to finish his degree.
The elder Joyner initially attended Morehouse from 1984 through 1988. According to a profile on Morehouse College’s website, he left early to build his career. Many years later, he decided to re-enroll and has completed his degree.
After spending three years together on campus, the Joyner men will both graduate from Morehouse this Sunday. President Barack Obama will speak at the ceremony.
When the younger Joyner was asked how he felt about his dad being on campus with him, the English major said attending Morehouse with his father, a religion major who plans to attend law school, was actually “natural.”
“We rarely see each other, because we have class and we have our own lifestyles. He has a job; I have a job; he has a social life, and I have a social life,” Joyner, Jr. said in a Morehouse video. “But when we’re on campus, we see each other as students and also as father and son.”
Joyner, Jr. admitted that he was initially shocked by his dad’s decision, but said he liked having him around on campus.
“We used a support system. Sometimes [my dad] would come to my room to ask about a problem or a class or a professor to take,” the younger Joyner told reporters.