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Mother and Daughter Graduate Side by Side

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A mother and daughter were able to celebrate their academic achievements together at Worcester Cathedral last week, after both graduated during the same ceremony.

Allison Watmore, 53, and her 21 year-old daughter Amy graduated on Tuesday afternoon – during the second of eight graduation ceremonies held by the University of Worcester throughout the week.

Allison, who works as a Health Visitor and Practice Teacher in South Warwickshire, has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Care, while Amy graduated with a Foundation degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Amy’s decision to undertake the course came about after she took a gap year, during which she volunteered in Morocco, assisted in the education of local children.

As well as volunteering as a trained counsellor, Amy has experience of working at a Children’s Centre, where she helped facilitate groups for children with speech and language difficulties.

Allison, whose husband Tony attended the ceremony to see his wife and daughter graduate together, said: “Graduating at the same ceremony was quite an experience, and it was lovely that we were truly able to share in every aspect of the day.

“Studying together has meant we have been able to be very supportive towards each other, and it has sparked plenty of interesting debates and conversations. It has been helpful for both of us, particularly as we have both studied courses that are health and social care related.”