Gertude Stoney graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Administration with Organization and Communities during the May 2011 ceremony. She completed the Advanced Master of Social Work Program (a rigorous program in which she earned her degree in 11 months.) Joining her at the Master of Social Work hooding ceremony is Dr. Carl Maas of USC. Stoney is the daughter of Delores Lloyd and Capt. Donnelle Stoney. Her maternal grandparents are Pastor Walter Lloyd and the late Gertrude Lloyd.