This Mom Walked Her College Graduation Just 1 Day After Giving Birth

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What did you do the day after having your baby? This totally rad mom attended her graduation after giving birth. Yep, that’s right. Zeinab Abdalla is a master’s student, pursuing an education degree with an autism spectrum disorder specialty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. When the then-pregnant mama went into labor the day before her graduation, she probably didn’t expect that her story would become nationwide news.

Abdalla gave birth sometime around 8 p.m. The following day her graduation was scheduled for 5:30 p.m.—and the new mom didn’t want to skip it. So what did she do? Instead of resting for the next 48 hours or so, she went to her graduation.

According to NBC’s KARE-11 news, Abdalla said, “It was a struggle but everything is possible. And I believe in St. Thomas’ logo, ‘We can do it together.’”

So why did the new mom make a point of going to her graduation less than 24 hours after L&D? Abdalla reportedly said, “I was like, I need to reward myself and to do that I have to walk on the stage, get my degree, throw the cap and enjoy it.”

Congrats to the new mom and new grad. She’s one strong woman!

—Erica Loop

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