- A proud mother took to Facebook to detail a bittersweet moment
- She revealed that her daughter became the first woman in the family to graduate after qualifying as a teacher
- Unfortunately, the university only conducted an online graduation due to the nationwide lockdown
The day of graduation is one of the major milestones for any family, but for Chantelle Solomons and her daughter, it wasn't quite as clear-cut as that.
In a touching Facebook post, Chantelle revealed why it was a bittersweet day and the extent of her daughter's achievement.
Her daughter, Chanrique Tobey, graduated from the University of the Western Cape on Monday and qualified as a teacher.
Despite the financial and psychological challenges, Chanrique became the first of the grandchildren to graduate.
The single mother revealed that the momentous occasion was somewhat tarnished, as the family were denied the chance to experience the usual ceremony.
Instead, UWC held an online ceremony on Monday due to the Covid-19 threat and the nationwide lockdown.
After sharing their story in the #ImStaying group, Briefly.co.za noted the overwhelming response, as South Africans helped them to celebrate the fantastic achievement.
Samantha Deeva Pillay said,
"Blessings on your achievement.... you are destined for greatness... may God continue to uplift you in your career ... may it be beautiful and blessed."
Zandile MaMgo KaMahlobo added,
"Wow, congratulations to the young lady. She's been prepared early to face challenges,,,,, so she's ready and well equipped. Siyakubongela nawe sisi."
Wilma Kruger Le Roux heaped praise on both mother and daughter,
"Wow congrats young lady, well done! And bless you Mom for being there for her! I salute both of you!"
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