Published: May 03, 2013 6:32 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- More than 1,100 Edison State College students graduated Friday night in the school's first college-wide graduation, but it was an extra special night for one local family. A single mother and her twin daughters all took home degrees.

Vicky Zutten received her Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree. She began taking college classes several years ago, but quit to serve in the military. She made the decision to get her degree a few years ago.

"Right before my 40th birthday I decided I was going to finish what I started, because I'm not a quitter," she said.


Her twin daughters, Heather and Tiffany, both received Associate in Arts degrees during the May 3rd Edison Commencement, two weeks before their high school graduation. Both graduated with High Honors, and are members of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society.


"It was a goal, but it's incredible to actually be doing it, to be living the reality," Heather Zutten said.


After graduation Vicky plans to pursue a career in retail management. She's also considering pursuing her Bachelors in Accounting at Florida Gulf Coast University. Heather Zutten wishes to become a mortician, and is still reviewing her next steps. Tiffany Zutten has been accepted to the University of Florida where she plans to major in Animal Sciences to become a veterinarian.


"We've all followed our dreams to do whatever we wanted to do," she said.