Woman Graduates From College She Was Abandoned At

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Jillian Sobol was left by her mother in a cardboard box in a San Francisco State University dormitory laundry room.

The San Francisco residents named her Baby Jane Doe, and as her story made the news, something amazing began to happen. It seemed that everyone wanted to help her. There more than 20 families, moms and dads, who got in line to adopt the baby girl. However, there was only one couple who got to take Jane, renamed Jillian, home. Sam and Helene raised Jillian in a loving home.

That love has come full circle as Jillian, 31 years later, has completed an amazing feat.

The once-abandoned baby is now graduating from the very college she was left at in November 1984.

“It’s a huge part of my heart. I would sort of walk onto campus and say to myself, ‘I was born to be here,'” Jillian told Inside Edition.

Jillian didn’t know of her circumstances until Helene told her when she was 16 years old. However, since then, she was able to form a relationship with her biological father and fairly recently connect with her birth mother.

“I want everyone to be open to adoption because I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for this amazing woman and my dad. Everyone needs support, and I couldn’t ask for more. It’s just amazing and I want everyone to help give others that support and stay open to adoption,” she said.

See more about this story in the video below, and please SHARE if you’re glad Helene and Sam gave her a beautiful life!

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