Family affair as mother and daughter duo graduate together

Athena Pears (21), and her mother, Gillian Bush (44) EMN-140724-164119001
Athena Pears (21), and her mother, Gillian Bush (44) EMN-140724-164119001

A mother and her daughter were awarded their degrees on the same day when they graduate from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

Athena Pears (21), and her mother, Gillian Bush (44), graduated together on 
Wednesday July 23, Athena with an honours degree in Education Studies and 
English and Gillian will be awarded a masters degree in Education.

Athena, who is from Revesby but currently 
lives in Horncastle, was inspired by her parents 
who both have careers in education - so much so, in fact, that she has also ventured into a career in education, her passion for working 
with people with special 
needs further driving her onwards.

Athena currently works 
as a support worker at 
Linkage College in Toynton near Spilsby, which is 
part of the Linkage Community Trust. She managed to secure this job before graduating.

Athena said, “Not many people get to say they graduated with their parents. I am so proud of my mum and her achievement; I keep showing her masters thesis to everyone.

“I’m now considering following in her footsteps 
and doing a masters in Education at BGU in the future myself.”

Gillian, also from Revesby, studied for her masters 
degree part-time for 
three years while working 
at Boston College as Programme Area Manager and Higher Education Co-ordinator.

“It is a great privilege to graduate on the same day as my daughter.

“I am so proud of 
Athena and I’m excited to celebrate with her,” Gillian said.