A mother and daughter graduated together yesterday (15 July) at the same University of Salford ceremony and in the same subject.
Suzanne and Kirsty Jankowski were both at the event at The Lowry to receive their social work qualifications, much to the surprise of Kirsty. Her mum Suzanne had been unable to attend her own graduation in post-qualifying social work studies three years earlier, so she asked the University if they could graduate together.
Kirsty arrived at the ceremony to receive her MA in Social Work and was elated that Suzanne was also graduating. She said: “I was surprised at seeing my mum in a cap and gown and was delighted to celebrate our special day together.”
Suzanne added: “I was thrilled that my request to graduate with Kirsty was granted and arranged by many phone calls and emails. What a fantastic day it turned out to be, and when we were mentioned in the Chancellor's speech it was the icing on the cake.
“I have found the University of Salford to be very supportive of all students and this day captured it all.”
Both women chose a career in social work but their interests lie at opposite ends of the spectrum. Kirsty specialises in children and families and has previously worked for a drug and alcohol charity which supports young people.
Suzanne works at Salford Royal Hospital and specialises in advance care plans for people in the last year of their life. She teaches end of life care at the University of Salford and mentors students on social work placements.
Steve Pugh, Director of Social Work, said: “Suzanne has been a friend of social work at Salford for many years and an inspiration to our students, so it was an absolute pleasure to help her surprise her daughter, who will be also make an inspiring social worker.
"Congratulations to you both from all the social work staff here at the University of Salford.”