Dubai: A Saudi mother of five daughters and grandmother of three grandsons graduated from university on the same day as her daughter. Both got bachelor degrees from Shaqra University, local media reported.
Speaking on the occasion, the Saudi mother said: “I enrolled in the university after completing my secondary school education via the ‘home study’ system. After one year, I got all the support and encouragement from my daughters and husband, until I reached the stage I am now in today. Despite the fact that I have five daughters and three grandsons, I challenged all the circumstances and summoned all my determination to achieve the dream of my childhood — to obtain a bachelor’s degree,” said Eidah Al Rasheedi.
Al Rasheedi stressed she was able to reconcile her studies and managing her family affairs. “My daughter, Areej, and I were in a state of great competition in studying and revising our lectures and lessons, until we graduated together on the same day. My feelings are indescribable. The happiness in our home is twice as much — my graduation and my daughter’s. I specialised in Business Administration in the Faculty of Science and Human Studies in Shaqra, while my daughter, Areej specialised in kindergartens from the same faculty,” the Saudi mother said.
“At present, I have ambitions to go for postgraduate studies, especially amid the limitless support that education and Saudi women get from the Kingdom’s leadership.”
Meanwhile, Areej said: “I’m very happy about and proud of my mom as I recall the nights she used to stay awake for my comfort throughout our lives. During the university studies, we used to encourage one another to study and revise the university lectures and lessons, so as to score high marks in the university courses and subjects,” she added.