Winn Parish triplets Stevie, Steven, and Stephon Wilson will graduate from Grambling State University tomorrow, April 15, 2021, carrying on the tradition as fifth-generation graduates from the university. Their family has attended Grambling since the 1950s. The brothers will be the first set of triplets to ever graduate from Louisiana’s Grambling State University.
The Wilson brothers, who grew up in Winnfield, LA consist of Stevie, Steven and Stephon. According to a press release, Stevie and Steven have plans to become doctors, while the youngest sibling, Stephon, is pursuing a position with The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as an asset management specialist.
The brothers were born eight weeks premature and were initially projected to have developmental delays.
“They tried to put us in special education,” said Stephon, a double major in management and computer information systems, according to Grambling State News. “If it wasn’t for my mother… she’s the one that said ‘no, those boys got talent.’ When we graduated high school, we proved them wrong. Now we’re getting ready to walk and prove them wrong again.”
Stevie, a biology major who hopes to become a physician, shared that the doctors he saw tending to his grandmother inspired him to want to go into medicine. “They were straightforward, but also endlessly concerned and compassionate,” the eldest triplet said of the doctors that helped his grandmother recover after her knee replacement surgery. “This gave me a greater appreciation for the medical profession. I decided it was my purpose in life to give back. I’m here because of those health professionals. I feel that it is my time to give back.”
Steven, the middle triplet and second biology major in the trio, aspires to become an anesthesiologist and wants to integrate himself into a sector that historically lacks diversity. “There’s not a lot of African-American males in the medical field,” he said. “In the next generation or decade or so, we need those Black role models in medicine. Without them, where would the medical field be? Who will advocate for the culture, the people, or the community?”
“Our motto when we left Winnfield was to set the standard for other African American minorities in our town. Many young students in Winnfield don’t have that role model to look up to. We set that standard to let them know it can be done.” said Steven.
Their mother, D’Juana Wilson, shared that the day her son’s graduate will be filled with emotion, referring to the moment as “bittersweet.”
“It’s gonna be a bittersweet day,” said Mrs. Wilson. “It’s going to be some shouting and crying going on that day!”