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Stephan Wilson and Sharonda Love-Wilson

Google finds heroes at CMU

‘Year in Search’ video includes mom and son celebrated at May commencement

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston


​When the world looked for heroes in 2019, it found "Supermom" Sharonda Love-Wilson and her son Stephan Wilson.

The family, whose magical moment at Central Michigan University's commencement went viral in May, is featured in Google's "Year in Search 2019" highlight video, released Wednesday.

Sharonda had skipped her own commencement at Ferris State University to attend her son's graduation from CMU. Both were astonished when CMU President Bob Davies awarded Sharonda her FSU degree so the two could celebrate their graduation together.

 

The emotional moment brought a standing ovation in McGuirk Arena and quickly spread worldwide through news reports and social media. In the two-minute Google video, their tearful embrace appears at about the 49-second mark.

"I was excited when Stephan told me about the opportunity to be included," said Sharonda, who earned a business administration degree and works at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. "I thought, 'They want us to be in the video?' A lot of stuff happened this year. I'm just honored to be included."

Top-trending topic

Every December, Google releases a short video based on the year's top search queries and trending topics. This year's theme is heroes.

The video begins with images of superheroes and the words, "In times of uncertainty, the world looks for heroes. In 2019, searches for heroes soared." It then features brief clips of dozens of people, some celebrities, some anonymous. Among them:

  • Gymnast Simone Biles nailing a triple double for the first time in history at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.
  • Scientist Katie Bouman and her team looking at the first-ever photo of a black hole.
  • "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek announcing his fight with pancreatic cancer.
  • Singer and flute player Lizzo performing at the BET Awards.

Stephan, currently rehearsing for "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" at Charleston Stage theater in South Carolina, said he's humbled to share screen time in the video with others celebrated for their strength and achievements.

"Those people, along with my mom, inspire me to continue to do what I do."


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