Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Degree of Pride for Mum

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Degree of Pride for Mum

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Byline: By Cathy Spencer

Parents are always brimming with pride at their child's graduation and most of them have been looking forward to it for years.

But Mairi Green's mother, Jenny Young, only found out about her daughter's six-year degree course just months before her graduation.

Mairi had left school at 16 and got married and pregnant, much to the disappointment of her mother, a teacher.

Mairi, 31, who lives in Alnwick, said: "I kept my studies a secret from my mother and really surprised her at a family dinner by telling her what I had done.

"She was thrilled and couldn't speak for quite a while. My mum was a teacher and my grandfather also worked in education so she was quite disappointed when I left school at 16.

"My mother lives very close by, so for six years I have been hiding books and saying that the exams I have done have been for work.

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"It was quite difficult to do but my mother is very trusting. When I first started the course I didn't want to tell her in case it didn't work out and I disappointed her.

"Then the further I got into my course, the more difficult it became to tell her.

"I waited until I had my results in December and then I told my whole family at a special New Year's Day dinner.

"Everyone was surprised and so happy for me. I have decided to carry on with the Open University to do a Masters and to do that I needed a first-class honours degree.

"As soon as I knew I had been successful I went along to the family dinner, took a deep breath and told everyone the good news.

"The only people who knew I was doing a degree course were my husband and children so it came as a shock to other members of my family."

Mairi was a pupil at Our Lady's Convent in Alnwick, which is now St Oswald's School. …

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