Mother and Daughter Celebrate Graduating with PhD and Master’s from University

Mother and Daughter Celebrate Graduating with PhD and Master’s from University

  • Dr Dumile Gumede and her daughter Lindelwa Msweli just graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Dr Gumede scored her PhD in Health Promotion while 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

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Dr Dumile Gumede and 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 Msweli completed her MSc in Ecological Sciences.

According to the university, Dr Gumede started studying a BSc in 1994 but academic exclusion and her pregnancy with 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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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

UKZN reported that 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.

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Dr Gumede and Msweli credit their achievements to the influence of two family members that they lost. Dr Gumede lost her father while 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.

The university shared their story to Facebook:

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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."

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