SHAH ALAM: It is normal for parents to encourage their children to do well in their studies by providing moral support and financial assistance, but 50-year-old Ismil Mohd Wali also wanted to do it by example.
After studying hard for his masters in sports science, Ismil joined his 23-year-old daughter, Fara Nur Izwan, in graduating from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM).
He received his scroll from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail at the UiTM's 61st convocation here yesterday.
Fara, who completed her diploma in information studies, will receive her scroll on April 20.
I dont think there is any better way of encouraging my children than leading by example, said Ismil, who is a father of four daughters and two sons.
Fara is the second in the family while his eldest son is also a graduate from UiTM.
One of my daughters is studying in Universiti Putra Malaysia while another is waiting to enrol into a local university, he said, adding that his second son was in a technical college and the youngest daughter still in school.
Ismil of Shah Alam, who is a staff member of the Sports and Science Faculty of UiTM here, said he believed that age was not a barrier for anyone to pursue higher education.
He said he intended to pursue his PhD, adding that there should be no end to ones thirst for knowledge.
I always tell my children that they cannot stop reading or learning about new things in life as the search for knowledge is a lifelong endeavour, he said.
Fara said her fathers determination gave her the additional motivation to do well in her studies.
I feel honoured to be together with my father here as one of the graduates and wish to follow in his footsteps by pursuing my masters, she added.
Ismil and Fara were among the 11,797 students who had completed their studies in various programmes from the university.
The King, who is also the Chancellor of UiTM, called on the graduates to be open-minded and critical in their approach towards their profession and life.
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