26-year-old Anu Yusuf, graduated with a first class in law from Birmingham City University and got married to 27-year-old Joseph Kolawole Ola marry at Birmingham Register Office on the same day.
They met four years ago in Gombe while doing their NYSC, but they have not been able to get married as a result of her coming to study in the UK.
Her husband often joked that he would whisk her away after my graduation to marry her because he can no longer wait, and it became reality as they married on her graduation day.
This also turned out to be advantageous for their family members because they could attend the wedding and the graduation.
The wedding started in the morning with a civil ceremony at Birmingham Register Office, followed by blessing at Anu’s church. The service finished at 1pm with guests served with takeaways meals as some of them headed to the graduation ceremony.
Anu changed from her white wedding dress to her gown and cap for the graduation ceremony.
In an interview, Anu said “It was so special to have my family and friends present for not one, but two of the most significant milestones in my life, and being able to share it with them all is something that I will treasure forever.”
In addition to her studies, Anu also did part time jobs. She worked in the International Office as a marketing and communications assistant until two days to her wedding and graduation.
Anu plans to do a PhD in law, while her husband Ola is studying in Bradford at LIFE Church College.