“Everything Is Possible”: Woman Walks Across Stage To Receive Master’s Less Than 24 Hours After Giving Birth
The night before University of St. Thomas student Zeinab Abdalla was set to receive her master’s degree in education, with a focus in autism spectrum disorders, her water broke. But less than 24 hours after welcoming a daughter, Abdalla put on her cap and gown and walked across the stage at her school to obtain her degree on Saturday, May 19.
“I had my baby last night. It’s an amazing night,” she said in a post-graduation video shared by the university. “I’m done with my master’s, going for my PhD. I’m so happy.”
Abdalla, who is already a mom to another daughter, was especially grateful to people at her school who supported her through her pregnancy.
“I also thank St. Thomas University for being there for me, helping me and supporting me,” she said. “Nights and days I was sick, but I made it.”
She admitted that going from giving birth to getting up and moving to get her diploma was hard, but she had her mind set on being at graduation.
“It was a struggle, but you know what? Everything is possible,” she said.
“I had a baby girl! It went well,” she added. “It was hard in the beginning but we made it. It went very well.”
According to the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based NBC affiliate, she said she gave birth at 8 p.m. the night before. Her ceremony was at 5:30 p.m. the next day.
“On Friday morning my water broke and I was telling my husband, ‘My graduation is tomorrow. I wasn’t planning this,'” she said. “And he said, ‘It’s in God’s hands.'”
Thankfully, everything worked out perfectly. Her baby is healthy and she was able to have the moment she’d studied hard for.
“I was like, I need to reward myself,” Abdalla said, “and to do that I have to walk on the stage, get my degree, throw the cap and enjoy it.”