Mother, Daughter Graduate Together From Business College

Rana and Stephanie Alkadi

Rana and Stephanie Alkadi

May 15, 2015

BATON ROUGE – Graduation is a momentous occasion for any student and a time to be shared with family and friends alike.

In the case of Rana Alkadi, who is graduating today from the LSU E. J. Ourso College Professional Flores MBA Program, that sentiment could not be more apt. Her mother, Stephanie, is also graduating from the College of Business today with a Master’s of Science in Analytics.

It wasn’t planned they said, but it does make the day more special.

Did you always know that you would graduate together?

Rana Alkadi: No, we didn’t know that we would graduate together. It was never planned. I started the PMBA Program and once my mom started her MSA program, we realized that both end on the same day.

Stephanie Alkadi: Initially, I was to begin the MSA program the year before, but unfortunately, due to a family illness, my start in the MSA program was delayed until the 2014-2015 school year. This delay allowed us to finish together, so in the end, it all worked out. I couldn’t be happier.

How has it been attending college at the same time as your mom? And vice versa?

RA: Working a full-time job and going to school, there is hardly any free time. My mom’s program was very demanding and stressful. She also never had any free time. We rarely saw each other on campus because we had different schedules. We mostly gave each other space, but we always went to each other to vent our frustration/stress. It was nice having my mom – my best friend – there for support, guidance, motivation and encouragement. I am definitely glad that we are both graduating so that we can spend more time together.

Has it been a help to go through school together and how did you support one another?

RA: For me, it was a tremendous help going through it together because my mom has been my role model. Seeing her work as hard as she does to succeed motivates me to work harder and make her proud, especially in times where I felt like the program was overwhelming and wanted to quit. She was always there to give me words of encouragement and loved to remind me that if she could do it at her age, I could do it.

SA: It’s been a great experience for me, personally. My two younger children are college students, as well, so we all found ourselves leaning on each other for support at time. Rana amazes us all with her ability to work full-time and get her MBA. She’s been an excellent role model for her younger siblings.

What was the reaction from your friends and classmates when they found out that you both were in school together?

RA: Most of my classmates don’t know. I’ve only told my close friends. It also comes up in conversations, especially when teachers like to say they have taught my ​mom and I. When my friends and classmates find out, I get reactions like, “that’s so cool” or “awesome!”

SA: All of my classmates know about Rana. What proud mother can keep quiet about her child? Many of my classmates are excited for us and will be cheering us on when we walk across the stage.

Lastly, what does it mean to each of you to share Graduation Day together?

RA: It means the world to me. I’ve always looked up to my parents and want to make them proud, so to share this accomplishment with my mom is huge.

SA: I am overjoyed to share this with my daughter. I just hope that you won’t see my tears of joy in the pictures. Truly, we have both have worked hard and graduating together will, hopefully, be just the beginning of a bright future full of reward.​

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business