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M’sian lady holds grad ceremony at wake to fulfil late mother’s wish to be at graduation

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Guan Zhen Tan |Nyi Nyi Thet | July 16, 08:34 am

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Some of us perhaps take the entire graduation ceremony process, where family and friends celebrate one’s entry into the working world, for granted.

For Jia Huan, though, her graduation ceremony from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) didn’t go as she had perhaps envisioned.

A little over a month before her graduation, her mother passed away.

Image from Jia Huan

One of her mother’s final wishes was to take a family portrait at Jia Huan’s graduation ceremony.

Perhaps similar to a picture like this they took a few months back.

Image from 甄珍 i

Preferably with the whole family in matching blue outfits.

And so, Jia Huan tried her best to keep that promise.

Here is her Facebook post.

Here is a rough translation of the post.

“We did a graduation shoot, 33 days before the actual ceremony.

You said before that on that day everyone would only look good if the whole family wore blue. Today, we wore just that. Even though didi (younger brother) is wearing dad’s clothes, haha.

I helped you put on something blue too. I think you look way better than me in this piece of clothing. I’m not wearing UTAR’s official graduation gown, but we’ll settle for the [the makeshift graduation gown]as long it looks like it.

Mummy, your oldest kid has graduated; she graduated 33 days early.”

Gut wrenching.

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Image from Jia Huan’s Facebook

 

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Guan Zhen misses a time when the McDonald's at White Sands had two floors. If not listening to visual kei bands and doodling, she's probably thinking about how Ra is rowing his sun boat into the darkness of the night.

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