Obtaining a degree from an accredited college or university is no easy feat. Two twin sisters were always able to excel in their education together, now they are celebrating another milestone together—graduating at the top of their class in their doctoral program.
LaTonya and LaToya Harris made news back in 2010 when they graduated from high school as the top two students in their graduating class as reported by the Dallas Morning News. After high school, the Texas-born twins went on to earn their bachelor’s and master’s in sports management from UT Austin before continuing on to obtain their second master’s degree in clinical nutrition and their doctorate degrees in chiropractic medicine at Parker University in Dallas.
The sisters recall naturally wanting to accomplish their goals together growing up as they both cheered on the other to excel in their academic pursuits. “We don’t recall a time when we haven’t liked the same things. Our parents always left the decision up to us. They always wanted us to do what we wanted, and they never forced us to do anything the same. We both agree that we wouldn’t change anything about our journey because we understand that God planned it to happen exactly as it has, even if we didn’t,” the twins said in an interview with Because Of Them We Can.
“Your best friend gets to come to work with you every day. We are more efficient because we already know what each other is thinking,” the Harris sisters said to Because Of Them We Can. “We can just look at each other and know what needs to be said or done next. We make one another so much better.”
The sisters went on to say that their ultimate goal is to open their own clinic and create a scholarship for people of color pursuing careers in the medical field. “We feel we work much better together than apart,” the sisters added to Because Of Them We Can.
“We would love to have established our own practice in addition to a scholarship fund and mentorship program for minority doctors…We desperately want to help change the narrative of healthcare.”
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—Being #BlackAndExcellent runs in this family! In 2010, these Texas twins graduated high school as valedictorian and salutatorian and they’re set to do it again! They’ll be graduating this December with their second master’s in #ClinicalNutritian and their doctorate degrees in chiropractic medicine, nabbing the valedictorian and salutatorian honors for the second time... — LaTonya and #LaToyaHarris are remarkable to say the least. They went to the same college, shared a dorm room, and got their bachelor’s and master’s in sports management from #UTAustin, and continued to #ParkerUniversity together. — Their mother, #GailHarris, took to social media to share how proud she and her husband are of their daughters, saying, “We are honored to be their parents.” — ..sip slow, stay ‘In the Know’ and follow @InTheKnowRadio for more #BlackNews.