Mother and daughter mark joint graduation

Pictured are Georgina MacDonald and daughter, Clare MacDonald.

Pictured are Georgina MacDonald and daughter, Clare MacDonald.

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A Brechin woman’s graduation was made all the more special when she celebrated the occasion alongside her mother.

Clare MacDonald, who lives and works in Brechin as a support for learning assistant, graduated from The Open University (OU) on Saturday in a ceremony that also saw her mother Georgina MacDonald pick up a degree.

Clare explained: “My mother inspired me. Watching her study with the OU made me realise I could do it too.

“Working towards a degree with the Open University was a really positive experience and studying later in life had the added benefit of allowing me to work while I studied so I have graduated debt-free.”

Both women were collecting BSc (Hons) Open degrees, however Georgina completed her degree in 1999, but didn’t take the opportunity to graduate at that time.

Once Clare had completed her degree, it seemed the perfect occasion to jointly celebrate their achievements.

Georgina, who lives in Skye, said: “Clare saw plenty of me studying at home and I’m absolutely delighted we can celebrate our graduation together. Studying with The Open University was perfect for me as it allowed me to stay in Skye and fit my studies around my caring responsibilities.”

Dr James Miller, The Open University in Scotland’s Director, added: “A degree ceremony is always a wonderful occasion where the achievements of our student are formally recognised in front of family and friends.

“OU students demonstrate great determination and self-discipline to enrich their own lives, as well as the lives of those around them, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate the successes of our most recent graduates.”