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Twins Graduate From FIU With Tech Degrees and Highest GPA

By Victor Trammell

A pair of identical black female twins who are graduates from Florida International University (FIU) is accomplishing an amazing feat together.

Shonda and Shalisha Witherspoon, 25 (pictured), just graduated from FIU on May 10th. The Witherspoon twins finished their Bachelor of Science degrees in information technology at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. This set of twins is not your average graduates at the middle of the pack.

The Witherspoon twins had a 3.95 GPA and the end of their undergraduate program and were one of the top students of their graduating class. They are also the first of six siblings in their family to graduate from college. The Witherspoon twins also plan to pursue graduate degrees in computer science at FIU in the near future.

The twins also learned to speak Japanese fluently while earning their undergraduate degrees. They want to eventually design video games and technology apps in Japan. Black women are a rarity in the tech industry. These young women are breaking barriers of gender and race by venturing into the field of technology.

“They’re path breakers in every way,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg told the Miami Herald.

The Witherspoon twins developed a love for computers and Japanese art when they were little girls. They watched their older brother take devices apart and put them back together again. They would also watch him draw characters in the amine art style, a Japanese design.

Shonda and Shalisha received their K-12 education through homeschooling, which was undertaken by their parents. Their story disproves the erroneously flawed theory that homeschooled children cannot be prepared properly for college.

When the pair began studying at FIU, it was the first time the both of them had ever been in a situation where they didn’t have an older brother or sister to watch over them. However, they quickly found their way and successfully engaged in an enriching educational experience.

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