MANY university students invite their parents as guests to their graduation ceremony, but things were a little different for one local graduate.
Maxwell Swaney and his mother Sharon both took to the stage at the Curtin University ceremony, having attended side-by-side to complete their studies in psychology and health promotion respectively.
Mr Swaney admitted it took him a little while to get used to the idea of his mother joining him at university.
“When Mum first told me I was like ‘hey uni is my stomping ground’, but the truth is it turned out to be a great experience, especially as we both did honours,” he said.
“We went through a lot of the same processes despite studying different things.
“It’s definitely brought us closer.”
Ms Swaney said she had always wanted to study at university but hadn’t had a chance to when she was younger.
After hearing about her son’s experiences in his first year, she decided to go for it.
“I thought I can do it too, it’s not just for young people,” she said.
“It was very challenging but I really enjoyed it and I got on well with all the young people.”