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WATCH: Inverness dad and daughter duo proudly graduate together

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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A dad and daughter from Inverness coincidently graduated together and surprised their granny at the ceremony.

Dave McBain started his Bachelors degree part time in 2016 and has graduated today in history and archaeology.

His daughter, Leah McBain, has also graduated today, and studied history and criminology, with both of them graduating from UHI Inverness.

The iconic Scottish duo said that it's 'completely colincidental' that they are graduating on the same day, but are overjoyed at the pleasant turn of events.

Leah's 92-year-old granny, who attended the graduation ceremony, was surprised at the moment her son and granddaughter walked across the stage together as she was unaware her son, David, had even been studying for a degree.

David said: "This is a special moment for us today as Leah's grandmother, who was watching the graduation in the Church, didn't know I was studying at all, so she thought she was just there for Leah's graduation."

He joked by saying 'we just hope she doesn't have a heart attack when she notices me on the stage.'

He continued: "My mum was a wee bit annoyed that I never went to the graduation celebration the last time I did a degree, so this has been a lot of fun not telling her.'

David and Leah McBain at the UHI Inverness graduation ceremony
David and Leah McBain at the UHI Inverness graduation ceremony

After many years of intensive studying, both Leah and David were elated to finally celebrate their new chapters together as University honour's.

Alongside this dad and daughter duo was three hundred other students who celebrated their academic achievements with friends, family and staff at the UHI Inverness Graduation and Celebration of Success and Achievement today.

Amongst the hundreds of students who attended the two ceremonies at the Free North Church in Inverness was public health expert and distinguished academic Professor Sir Jonathan Van-Tam who graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management after enrolling as an online student in 2016.

Sir Jonathan, who was also the guest speaker at the afternoon session, told his fellow students: “Today is a very special ceremony for you, and for me. In my case I was a bona fide member of the UHI Inverness student body and today I join an ever growing, global alumni community; I am also profoundly honoured to have been bestowed an Honorary Doctoral degree. This all means so much to me.”

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