Jada Sayles from Louisiana, New Orleans, went into labour a day before her graduation ceremony at Dillard University. When she told the college authorities about her situation, the president, Dr Walter M Kimbrough, decided to dress in a ceremonial robe and arrived at Jada’s hospital room to award her bachelor’s degree in front of her family members and the newborn child.
The People reported that around 4:30 a.m., a few hours before the ceremony was scheduled to take place, Sayles was admitted to the hospital where she ended up celebrating another milestone moment: the birth of her son.
There was another extra special guest: her newborn son, whom she held in her arms. Her family members could be heard cheering her on in the background.
“I thought I was gonna walk across the stage to get my degree, instead I got my baby,” she wrote on Twitter, alongside a series of pictures with the child.
Captured on camera, the moment showed Jada dressed in her graduation robes. The video is out on Dr Walter M Kimbrough’s Twitter and the caption said, “Jada went into labor on Friday evening. Texted me around 4:30 am on Saturday saying she was being admitted, & the baby was born on her graduation day, May 14. So we rolled up to the hospital so I could finish my tenure in the most special way.”
Dr Walter, shared another video where he wrote, “I even did the tassel part of commencement! This really was a very sweet moment. I’ll never forget it.”
Moved after watching the clip, netizens flooded the comments section. While one user wrote, “Kudos to the President for going the extra mile for his student. Double blessings,” another wrote, “What a graduation present. Congratulations.”
According to her LinkedIn profile, Sayles graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Corrections.