Strong Family: Mother and Daughter Graduate From University on Same Day With Degrees

Strong Family: Mother and Daughter Graduate From University on Same Day With Degrees

  • Dr Dumile Gumede and her daughter Ms Lindelwa Msweli just graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Dr Gumede scored her PhD in Health Promotion while Ms Msweli bagged her MSc in Ecological Sciences this year
  • South Africans are proud beyond belief of the mother-daughter duo as they tackle the world together

Dr Dumile Gumede and Ms Lindelwa Msweli are two UKZN students that don't just share their tertiary institute in common; they're also mom and daughter!

Dr Gumede recently bagged her PhD in Health Promotion while Ms Msweli completed her MSc in Ecological Sciences.

Their academic history

According to the university, Dr Gumede started studying a BSc in 1994 but academic exclusion and her pregnancy with Ms Msweli, unfortunately, resulted in her dropping out. Four years later she re-enrolled to study Community and Development Studies part-time.

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Ms Msweli, on the other hand, considered studying in Cape Town but was accepted by UKZN to study Life and Environmental Sciences. She found university life to be quite challenging, despite having done so well in high school.

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This mother-daughter duo graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal together. Image: University of KwaZulu-Natal
Source: UGC

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Gift from God

UKZN reported that Ms Msweli believes her family is a gift from God and that they know her better than anyone else does. She added that her mother taught her how to identify opportunities and be a go-getter and also instilled resilience and a strong work ethic in her.

Dr Gumede and Ms Msweli credit their achievements to the influence of two family members that they lost. Dr Gumede lost her father while Ms Msweli lost her grandmother. The spiritually inclined mother-daughter duo stated that their prayers and encouragement of each other played a role in their individual successes.

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The university shared their story to Facebook:

Read some of the comments they received below:

Margot Sennett Freedman said:

"Congratulations!! What an incredible moment! Well done to you both!"

Hlengiwe MaBhengu Gumede shared:

"Congratulations mom and daughter. God is good all the time."

Rujeko Chimukuche Chidawanyika responded with:

"Congratulations Dumile! Very proud of you my dear."

Pinky Ngcobo commented:

"Congratulations mommy and daughter."

Ayanda Taylor added:

"All the best."

Lady sets a personal record

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a young lady, Zaynab Agboola, went on LinkedIn to announce how she broke barriers and succeeded greatly in her academics.

She said her journey to getting a degree in engineering started six years ago when she left the comfort of her home in Lagos and travelled to Ilorin for school.

In a class of 92 students, Zaynab emerged as the only female first-class graduate. The lady said that the task was not an easy one.


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