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WASHINGTON – Jasmine Williams celebrated earning her master’s degree in a big way Friday, rocking her cap and gown as she marched in a Juneteenth parade in Washington.

Williams, 28, graduated with a master’s in forensic psychology, The Washington Post reported. She said she wanted to combine her big moment with the protests and marches unfolding nationwide.

Williams stood in Black Lives Matter Plaza and took photos, receiving congratulations from other protesters. A young girl gave her a rose, the newspaper reported.

“Take your walk, queen,” a woman said.

A 9-year-old African American boy from Maryland was so enamored, he ran up to Williams, the Post reported.

“My son is so proud of you, can he take a picture with you?” Anmerin’s Cole’s mother asked Williams.

“She graduated and I wanted to graduate too,” said Anmerin, who just completed third grade.

Williams was more than happy to oblige.

“This was a tumultuous time, and amidst it, I graduated,” Williams told the Post. “This is a big moment.