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Father, two sons graduate university together

If the family that prays together stays together, then something has to be said for the family that studies, and graduates, together.

Last weekend when 53-year-old Harven Burke, regional field officer at the Jamaica Observer, walked across the stage to receive his Master's of Business Administration, his son Kemoi, 28, was right behind him.

What's more, his younger son Kamol, 23, walked the very stage not an hour before, receiving the award of Bachelor of Science in Operational Management.

“When I went up, Kemoi was behind me in the line. I heard the announcer say, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a special announcement. We have a father and son graduating today, and the place erupted. My knees felt weak; I couldn't walk,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

As he spoke, the pride radiating from his ear-to-ear grin was hard to mistake.

“I was elated because not only was I graduating with my sons, but also because I finally went through with my master's, after starting and stopping twice,” Burke said.

“Kudos to my wife. She was like a hand in mi back,” he said, laughing. “She has more confidence in me than I have in myself. Trust mi. Most of what I have achieved is through her.”

His wife is Dr Olivene Burke, executive director of Mona Social Services and adjunct lecturer of transformational leadership at the Mona School of Business and Management. Burke credits her for pushing everyone in the family to further their education. This year, the men jumped one hurdle, and very soon, the couple's daughter Kaedi, who is a second-year medical science student, will do the same.

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