Law grad inspires millions after graduation pic with kids goes viral

A recent graduate from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston went viral after she shared one of her graduation photos. Iesha Champs is standing with her robe and cap with a sign that reads, “I did it!”  

There are five other people in the picture who are also holding signs; they are her kids and Champs says without them she wouldn’t be graduating with her law degree. 

“They would help me review with flash cards while I cooked. They would sit as a mock jury while I taught them what I learned that day,” Champs said. “I would sit in my closet and pray and cry because I was overwhelmed and my oldest son, David, would gather his siblings, give them a snack, make them take a bath, gather their school clothes, all to make things easier for me. And I had no knowledge of him doing that until I went to do it!”

Champs journey to becoming a lawyer started while she was pregnant with her fourth child. She received  a phone call from her pastor that changed her life. 

“Pastor Louise Holman called me one day and said that God told her to tell me to go back to school and get my GED, because that lawyer I wanted to be, I’ll be it!” Champs recalled. “I thought it was a little crazy because I was too old and I had three children with my fourth child on the way.”

Champs took a leap of faith and enrolled in school. She earned her GED from Houston Community College then went to Houston Community College, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston-Downtown and graduated last May from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, according to

Champs never planned on her graduation picture getting so much attention or to go viral, it was just something she wanted to remember and document for her and her kids. 

“When I look at the pictures, I cry, I smile, and I’m very grateful,” Champs said. “I see a woman who at one time knew that the odds were against her. Looking at that picture reminds me of the fact that I didn’t just defy the odds, me and my children destroyed them.”

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