Special UB Student Gets Degree in Education

May 14, 2011 Updated May 14, 2011 at 8:47 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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May 14, 2011 Updated May 14, 2011 at 8:47 AM EDT

AMHERST, NY ( WKBW ) Amy Stewart walked across the stage at the University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts, receiving her Master degree in childhood education.

"I am very excited to be graduating. I'm just overwhelmed at the attention it's getting," Amy Stewart said.

Her mother Ann Marie Stewart said she could hardly contain her emotion.

"Today is probably one of the proudest moments of my life," Ann Marie Stewart said.

Getting her degree was a long haul for Amy after she had to stop grad school when she got onto a serious accident.

"I was the victim of a hit and run crime," Amy Stewart said.

She was in a coma for weeks with a brain injury and in recovery for about a year before she went back to UB. Her mother said it is a miracle.

"You have that child and hold that baby in your arms and you hold and dream about what their future is going to be. I said at one point, I didn't know if Amy was going to have a future. To watch her walk across the stage with diploma in hand doing what she loves, it's incredible," Ann Marie Stewart said.

Amy said she couldn't have done it without people like her mom and many others.

"I just feel so grateful and just very blessed that all these people care about be and wanted to help me," Amy Stewart said.

Ann Marie agrees.

"Over these past to year they have played a role in her recovery and we share this day with them." Ann Marie Stewart said.

Now that she has her degree, Amy said there is one more challenge that she says she has to overcome.

"I've been sending in my resume and filling out application non stop, so definitely just getting a job," Amy Stewart said.