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Twin sisters get same degrees, grade point averages at SU

7/27/2012

When you think of twins you think of people constantly together, finishing one another’s sentences and a best friend for life. For twin sisters, Kadrica and Kanetra Tillotson this is their lives. They finish each other’s sentence and even majored in the same field in college.

 The 25 year-olds graduated Friday with master’s degrees in Computer Science at Southern University’s 2012 summer commencement.

They entered Southern in 2004 as freshmen, drawn to the school after feeling a “home vibe” on their campus tour. Kadrica and Kanetra knew exactly what they would be studying at Southern - computer science.

 “We fell in love with computers after taking a web design class in high school,” said Kanetra.

The Istrouma High on Baton Rouge alumnae took the class together in high school and they have been on a computer journey ever since.

“Going through it together gave us a big support system,” the ladies said in unison. “If I didn’t know something Kanetra knew it and vice versa,” said Kadrica.

They always knew that graduate school would be in their future but decided to take a break to work at a cellphone sales company together before returning  to Southern in 2010 for graduate school.

Continuing to do everything together, the sisters even earned the same grades throughout the graduate program and both graduated with a 3.7 grade point average.

With graduation behind them, the two will part ways to move on to the next stage of life. Kanetra will be working in Monroe  as a systems analyst at Century Link and Kadrica will be an informational systems Analyst at Southern University in the Human Resources department.

“I have enjoyed the experience at Southern. The faculty and staff in the computer science department are like family and are helpful,” said Kadrica.

Besides being each other’s support, their mother and step-father, he passed away in 2010, and grandparents have been rooting loudly along their journey.

“Our mother is very proud and she would tell the world if she could,” they said.