Jamie of Season 3 got her diploma with her daughter in her arms!
UPDATED: 12/10/12 to now include the girls of Season 4.
It’s springtime, which means high school students are preparing to sport those big, bulky graduation caps and gowns and get their diploma on! With so many teenagers graduating, it made The Ashley wonder how many of the teens featured on MTV’s 16 & Pregnant actually made that ceremonious walk down the graduation aisle.
Statistically, teen moms are much less likely to graduate high school and go on to college than girls that don’t have babies. (Which, of course, makes sense. When you have a screaming baby on your hip, that algebra homework seems much less important!)
According to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school drop out rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, versus approximately 90% of women who had not given birth during adolescence.”
The Ashley decided to do some research to see how the teen mothers that have appeared on ’16 & Pregnant’ fared against the national average. The results were pleasantly surprising.