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Chicago mother, Joya Knox (right) and daughter, Leza Knox, recently received their bachelor’s degrees together on recently from Chicago State University (CSU).

Chicago mother, Joya Knox (right) and daughter, Leza Knox, recently received their bachelor’s degrees together on recently from Chicago State University (CSU).

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“I grew up on the south side of Chicago,” said Joya. “Chicago State has always been a place known for its nurturing faculty and I wanted to attend a university where I knew I would be known by name and not by number. I encouraged my daughter to apply to Chicago State as well. I was confident that CSU would give her the positive experience she needed.”