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20 July 2018

Graduate with her parents
Yasmine and her family roll back the years at the fountains in City Hall, Cardiff

A BSc Business Management student has followed in the footsteps of her father at a graduation ceremony in Cardiff University.

Yasmine Samy has just completed the final year of her degree, 21 years after her father’s big day, and plans to recreate some of her father’s memories around the City campus.

Professor Khaled Samy, Yasmine’s father, graduated in 1997 after studying for a PhD at the School of Geography and Planning. His lessons, like Yasmine’s, were based in the University’s Aberconway Building, now home to Cardiff Business School.

“I’ve got some old photos from my father’s graduation, I was five months at the time, and so along with my family, we are planning to take similar ones in the same places around the School.”

Yasmine Samy, BSc Business Management student

Professor Samy added: “Seeing Yasmine graduate was a dream come true. Cardiff is one of the best universities in the world and it’s shaped my career so I’m certain that Yasmine has gained the knowledge that will equip her to start a successful career.

“I couldn’t be more proud!”

Family history and tradition

Dr Jane Lynch, Director of Student Experience at Cardiff Business School, said: “Graduation is one of my favourite occasions in the academic calendar. It’s a special time for students who’ve worked so hard to achieve their goals and for their friends and families who’ve supported them throughout their studies...”

Jane Lynch

“Yasmine’s is a really heart-warming story; a celebration of excellent Cardiff University alumni through family history and tradition.”

Dr Jane Lynch, Senior Lecturer in Supplier Management

“I wish her all the best in the future!”

Yasmine has a track record of excellence and picked up the Colonel Page Fund Prize for Best Student in the second year of her BusMan degree at the School’s annual undergraduate prize giving event in 2017.

Woman receiving certificate from man
Yasmine picks up the ‘Best Student’ prize for her second year on the BSc Business Management programme

My second home

Looking forward to her next steps, Yasmine added: “I’m so grateful for the time I spent at Cardiff University and Cardiff will always be my second home.

“As for the future, I plan to join a multinational company to gain experience and hopefully come back to study the Cardiff MBA.”

This year’s ceremony saw 1,006 Business School students graduate with undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate degrees from Cardiff University.

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