Student gives birth before attending graduation ceremony less than 24 hours later

There are no days off for this graduate, who gave birth to a little girl and walking across the stage in her university's graduation ceremony — all within 24 hours.

Zeinab Abdalla, 26, gave birth to her a baby girl last Friday, at about 8 p.m. local time.

She then accepted her diploma, certifying her graduation from the University of St. Thomas master’s program in autism spectrum disorder, by walking across the stage at a 5 p.m. graduation ceremony the following day.

“It was a struggle, but you know what? Everything is possible." Abdalla said following the ceremony.

Abdalla, who told that she is the first person in her family to receive a master’s degree, said that after giving birth Friday, she and her family decided that morning that both she and baby were healthy enough to attend graduation.

Also cheering her on were her husband, her 4-year-old daughter and Abdalla's baby brother.

She explained she couldn’t have done it without the school, which supported her during the difficulties of her pregnancy. Abdalla now plans to pursue her doctorate.

"This is an amazing night," she said. "I made it, thank you."


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