Congratulations are in Order!

Kailyn Lowry, Delaware State University graduate

Kailyn Lowry, one of the moms featured on Teen Mom 2, has graduated from college. We’ve known Kail since she was first on 16 & Pregnant and are thrilled that she can finally check “getting a degree” off her list of accomplishments. Now in addition to being a New York Times bestselling author (of four books!) Kail is also a college graduate. Hey Kail—we’re so proud of you!

For most teen moms, just finishing high school is a huge challenge. In fact, only 38% of girls who have a child before the age of 18 get a diploma and 30% of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy or parenthood as a reason. Throughout the years, we’ve seen Kail push herself to be the best mom she can be: she struggled to find housing after being kicked out of Jo’s house, went through a few rough breakups, got married, and had a second child during her journey towards her college degree.

After six long years of studying, night classes, and balancing home and school, we’re so proud of Kailyn for walking across the graduation stage! She’s one of very few teen moms to do so; less than 2% of young teen mothers attain a college degree by age 30. It wasn’t easy—as you can see on the show and through Kail’s story—but Kailyn has set a fantastic example for young moms.

Even though she’s a mom of two boys and is currently pregnant with her third baby, Kailyn has said that she wants to go back to school again to get her Master’s degree. Rock on, Kail. We can’t wait to see what else you accomplish!

Authored by: Paige Whipple

Paige is the Communications Coordinator at The National Campaign. She works with media partners in television and publishing to help them incorporate teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention messages into their work.

She came to The Campaign after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication and Journalism. Paige worked at Baltimore Style Magazine for two years, wrote a bi-weekly column for Towson’s newspaper, and was a contributor for an online magazine, The DC Ladies. She also runs social media accounts for several Baltimore-based businesses as a freelancer.

She shares her alma matter with Amy Schumer and Mike Rowe—not bad company to be in. 

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