News Center Maine reports mother, daughter graduate UMaine together with same degree

News Center Maine reported Julie Sanborn and her daughter, Anna Sanborn, graduated May 10 from the University of Maine, both receiving their master’s in educational leadership after having taken every class together. Anna is Julie’s only daughter and the two have always been close, according to News Center Maine. Julie has been teaching for 30 years, and Anna has been teaching for four years. They both enrolled in the master’s program in 2016. “It has really helped to change our relationship from more of a mother-daughter experience to more of a friendship,” said Anna. The two, who live in different towns, spent almost every night on the phone helping each other with assignments. And Anna helped Julie attend class electronically while she was being treated for lymphoma; Julie is now in remission. Anna has gained a greater understanding of what a wonderful teacher and strong woman her mother is, while Julie said watching her daughter grow as a teacher and spending time with her as peers has been an amazing experience.