Not everyone gets the chance to walk across the stage with their sibling, but at James Sprunt Community College that’s exactly what happened for Charles and Quinton Bass.
The unique part is the Bass brothers have an eight-year age gap.
Charles Bass, the older brother, had originally taken a few classes after high school, but later decided to pursue a career in welding. His plans later changed after he and his wife had their first daughter 10 months ago.
“And after I had her, I decided it was time to go back and finish my degree,” Charles Bass said. “It lined up perfectly, me and him finishing at the same time.”
In the meantime, Quinton has completed high school with dual credit classes and earned himself a full ride to James Sprunt.
“I knew he was going to take classes, so we were taking classes at the same time,” Quinton Bass said. “We actually took a class together.”
Quinton said, their commencement landing on the same day had never crossed their minds before this semester.
“He’s always been the older brother,” Quinton Bass said. “I’ve always looked up to him like that. He’s always been so much ahead of me with that 8 years gap, that coming to college together like that, I never would have thought it would be a thing. But it happened and it’s pretty cool.”
“We killed two birds with one stone,” Charles Bass said.