Sisters Separated by Adoption Reunite by Chance at College and Now Celebrate Graduation With Birth Mother

When Lizzie Valverde graduated from Columbia University on Monday, she had two special supporters in the crowd: her long-lost sister and their birth mother. According to ABC News, Valverde, 35, and Katy Olson, 34, met two and a half years ago, on the first day of a writing class at Columbia. Both women already had a lot in common: they were returning to college in their 30s and both wanted to pursue their passion of writing. But that day, the women discovered something more — that they are sisters. Their Mom, Leslie Parker, was a teenager when she gave them up for adoption.

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